Wednesday 1 October 2014
The RHS is looking for community gardening groups based
in Scotland in need of funding and support
Do you live near wasteland that needs regenerating, or need funds to perk up a neglected park? Gardening groups in Scotland are now able to apply for funds and hands-on support from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as the charity launches the second instalment of its £100,000 grassroots gardening programme.
Last year, more than 100 communities applied for funding and support from the RHS and 17 wide-ranging projects were awarded £30,000*. The Toryglen group in Glasgow, for example, was awarded funds to support community growing on under-used land and The Lost Garden of Penicuik was given nearly £2,000 to restore one of Britain’s grandest fruit and vegetable gardens.
As well as funding, the RHS Regional Development team, Liz Stewart and Angela Smith, who are both based in Scotland, will provide additional support and expertise.
Liz Stewart, RHS Regional Development Manager, said: “We’ve received some fabulous feedback from communities who benefited from the scheme last year, and it has been a real pleasure to see the projects evolve since then. To be able to help projects flourish, at a local level, and award funds to people who really need the money, has been so satisfying.”
The RHS established the RHS Regional Development team for Scotland in 2012. Since then, the team has built partnerships across Scotland, developed volunteering opportunities and helped to increase the number of people, of all ages and backgrounds, getting involved in and enjoying the benefits of gardening.
Groups applying for the fund should be able to demonstrate that their project has a strong horticultural focus, should offer opportunities for people to develop new skills, involve people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and have long-lasting benefits to the community.
The deadline for this year’s applications is Monday 8 December. Groups can apply for two levels of funding: Start-up grants of up to £300 and bigger grants of up to £3,000.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rhs.org.uk/scotlandfund
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*2013 main projects:
• Toryglen Community Base (Glasgow) – £5,010
Our Growing Community
Toryglen Community Base is a new build with substantial amounts of vacant greenspace around it. The intention is to improve this space and to turn it into a community garden for the benefit of the users of the community base and other local people. The garden will comprise beds that are accessible for people with disabilities; spaces to grow flowers, vegetables and herbs; and a small orchard.
• Fraserburgh Development Trust (Fraserburgh) – £2,500
Fraserburgh Community Garden
The aim is to establish a community garden in Fraserburgh. This will provide a much-needed community space. A steering group has been formed, consisting of numerous partners. The intention would be to provide a safe environment for community groups and school pupils to become involved in activities in the garden. This would lead to encouraging more active life styles and skill-development opportunities.
• Penicuik Community Development Trust Ltd (Penicuik) – £1,800
The Lost Garden of Penicuik
This is a community-led project to restore one of Britain’s grandest fruit and vegetable gardens to full production. It incorporates the Penicuik Community Food Project, which aims to bring fresh, locally grown food to the local community. Situated on the edge of a busy dormitory town, The Lost Garden of Penicuik is a national treasure that has been left unused for 50 years. In bringing it back to useful life as a sustainable local food source, the community is determined to make full use of the garden’s therapeutic, social, educational and environmental value.
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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