RHS offers £100,000 in grants to community gardeners across Scotland

The RHS is giving £100,000 to community gardeners to enhance public spaces in towns, villages and cities across Scotland and working with The Beechgrove Garden TV show using £10,000 to develop five gardening projects.

Small grants of up to £500 are available for groups that require start-up funding; for larger projects, gardening groups may apply for funds between £5,000 and £10,000. For those larger group projects, the RHS Scottish team will provide practical mentoring sessions to build the skills and support groups on a local level.

RHS director general Sue Biggs said: "This is such an exciting time for the RHS and the funds are going to make a substantive difference to many peoples' lives. It will get projects moving which have been stunted due to a lack of funding, allow community gardeners to transform derelict land and also to expand on incredible work that is already being done.

"This investment will allow the RHS to have a more permanent presence in Scotland, which is fantastic. More than 800 schools take part in our Campaign for School Gardening, we have nearly 6,000 RHS members, 21 RHS Partner Gardens and nearly 300 groups involved in RHS community gardening schemes. We are also thrilled to be working with The Beechgrove Garden and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), who will be helping us award the funds.

"Our plan now is to continue to invest in grassroots gardening across the UK to help create a more beautiful, green and sustainable future."

The investment follows a programme in Yorkshire from which 32 gardening groups are benefiting. A £5,000 grant is enabling the creation of a kitchen garden for 5,000 homeless people at a charity in Bradford and more than £8,000 is being used to help a Sheffield horticultural society transform a neglected patch of land in a growing space for 450 local school pupils to use.

Groups in Scotland can apply for funds before the 23 August deadline by visiting www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Community-gardening/Britain-in-Bloom/News/RHS-in-Scotland-Community-Fund

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