RHS awards £30,000 to Scottish gardeners

The RHS has revealed the 12 community groups who will receive funding to help with gardening projects in communities across Scotland.

The three-year scheme is making £100,000 available to schools and community groups, and £30,000 has been awarded this year.

More than 100 applications were received and the RHS reviewed them at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) last month.

Four flagship projects were chosen to receive grants of up to £6,300 along with support and training from the RHS Scotland team, Angela Smith and Mairi Coxon. A further eight projects are due to receive grants of up to £500 each, and will also gain support from the team.

RHS education, communities and fundraising director Ruth Evans said: "We're delighted to be helping gardening groups in Scotland on such important and wonderful local projects that will make a substantive difference to people's lives. For example, in Glasgow, our funds and expertise are being used to turn a disused space into a growing area and orchard designed to serve the whole local community.

The RHS has also provided an additional £10,000 to fund four projects working in partnership with BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden. This includes the creation of a sensory garden for patients at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the regeneration of Glenfinart Walled Garden near Dunoon and a new growing space at Moniack Mhor Writers Centre near Inverness.


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