Bursary payments for gardens announced

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently announced the first four gardens to receive bursary payments from a fund created in memory of the garden writer Elspeth Thompson.


They include Gibside Community Farm, a newly formed Community Supported Agriculture Scheme, which has received funds to grow fresh produce for local communities in Tyne & Wear.

The project, which was made possible by a bursary of more than £1,000 from the gardening charities, will help members of Gibside Community Farm transform a disused car park into a plot of land on which to grow vegetables.  The renovation is part of a larger project to restore the walled garden on the National Trust’s Gibside Estate back to its former glory.

Also Horton Community Farm Co-operative in West Yorkshire is to receive funds to help create an urban ‘micro-plot’ for the local community to grow their own food.

The ‘micro-plot growing area’, which will form part of the regeneration of a neglected inner-city allotment site will be made up of small growing plots and a composting area.

The project, made possible by a bursary of more than £3,000 from the gardening charities, will provide local residents and community groups with a much needed space to grow their own produce and enjoy the range of social and emotional benefits gardening brings.

The third bursary is going to a Dulwich school which will use it to assist with creating a much needed green space for children to learn about the health benefits of fresh food by growing their own.

THe fourth is going to a church group in Tipton to create a community allotment designed to give local resident’s access to a green space where they can grow their own food.

The new allotment, which is being developed by the St Peter’s Church Group, was made possible by a bursary of more than £2,000 from the gardening charities.

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