National Garden Scheme – Community Gardens Award


Grants are available to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

No fixed minimum or maximum amount is set but awards do not usually exceed £5,000.

The Community Garden Award was set up in 2011 by the National Garden Scheme in memory of Elspeth Thompson, a garden writer and journalist and supporter of the National Garden Scheme who died in 2010. In her writing she often celebrated community gardens and so the Award supports gardening projects carried out within local communities all over England and Wales.

The Award was previously managed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, but from 2019 onwards it will be wholly managed by the National Garden Scheme.

The funding is only available to projects in England and Wales run by amateur gardeners within community groups.

The funding is for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

The project should aim to bring a community together by creating a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Funding could cover expenses such as:

·         Site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators).

·         Hand tools.

·         Plants.

·         Trees.

·         Shrubs.

·         Containers.

·         Seating

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