Food security and sustainable gardening practices at the heart of projects supported by new RHS community funds

A ‘Carbon Garden’ in Scunthorpe, a moveable market stall in Farnham and the restoration of a Victorian Orchard in Exeter are just some of the community projects receiving funding from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as it reveals the first recipients of two new community funds.

The Community Environment Fund and Connected Communities Fund opened to applicants in 2021 and made available up to £5000 to those seeking to tackle local green issues, improve social connections and promote diversity and inclusion through plants and gardens.

More than 300 groups applied with 43 receiving on average £3000 to get their ideas off the ground or support their expansion. Many of the projects plan to implement more sustainable gardening practices, such as the introduction of new composting and watering systems by Herm Island and Bath Organic Group. Elsewhere, North Lincolnshire Council aim to create a 'Carbon Garden', which will absorb carbon and educate local people about environmental issues. Others, such as St Paul's Youth Forum, CLEAR Buckhaven & Methil, and the Northampton Hope Centre seek to improve access to fresh produce whilst bringing people together.

Joe Lowit, Community Garden Workshop Leader at St Paul’s Youth Forum in Blackhill, Glasgow, said: “Blackhill is a ‘food desert’, where there is little access to fresh fruit and veg and few opportunities for people to enjoy nutritious food together. We have been working hard to transform this, and provide young people with opportunities to learn, develop, and interact in a safe and fun environment.

We believe our programmes focused on eating and education can help deal with many of the issues young people in the area face, so we’re so excited to be able to expand our Blackhill’s Growing project with support from the RHS.”

Andrea Van Sittart, Head of Outreach Development at the RHS, says: “The RHS recognises the impact a passion for plants and growing can have on bringing diverse groups together, building a greener community, and tackling social issues. We can’t wait to see these incredible projects progress as they begin to make a real difference in their local communities.”

The two new community funds follow the launch of the RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign in September 2021, which highlights the impact community gardening can have on the climate and biodiversity crisis.

For more details about community gardening with the RHS and a full list of recipients visit:


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About the RHS Community Funds
The 12 recipients of the RHS Community Environment Fund are: Queens Cross Housing Association (Glasgow), Herm Island (Guernsey), Bury in Bloom - Britannia in Bloom (Bury St Edmunds), Chiswick House and Gardens Trust (London), North Lincs Council - Building Better Opportunities (Scunthorpe), Environmental Action Coney Hall (EACH) (West Wickham), Sacred Heart Parish Garden Gorton (Manchester), Bath Organic Group (Bath), CLEAR Buckhaven & Methil (Leven), Pynes Community Orchard Working Group – Ide (Exeter), Petrus Community (Rochdale), Llandaff North Allotment Association (Cardiff).

The 33 recipients of the RHS Connected Communities Fund are: Learning Partnerships (Leeds), The Bee Team (Kendal), The Sorted Project (Edinburgh), Exmouth and District Allotment Association (EDAA) (Exmouth), Deerness Valley Nursery (New Brancepeth), Loughborough Men & Women in Sheds (Loughborough), OsNosh (Owestry), Globe Community Gardens (Staffordshire), Hunton CEP Primary School (Maidstone), The Friends of Spode Rose Garden (Stoke on Trent), Horticultural Therapy Trust (Plymouth), Northampton Hope Centre (Northampton), St Paul's Church (Stoke on Trent), St Kentigern's Academy School (West Lothian), Woodingdean Community Association (Brighton), Rowland Hill Nursery School (Harringey), Tomorrow's Women Wirral (Birkenhead), Greenholm Primary School (Birmingham), Headway Surrey (Guildford), Eastmoor Community Garden (Wakefield), Rowledge C of E Primary School (Farnham), Surrey Care Trust (The Gateway Allotment Project, Reigate) (Burpham), Brampton CofE Primary School (Beccles), St Paul's Youth Forum (Glasgow), Alive Activities Ltd (Bristol), Croft Community School (Stanley), Cavehill Primary School PTA (Belfast), Greenfield Special Needs School (Merthyr Tydfil), Friends of Parr Fold Park (Salford), Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens (Lambeth), West Marsh Allotment Association (Grimsby)

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and growing RHS Garden Bridgewater, our fifth RHS garden which opened in 2021.

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