Scottish communities receive cash boost

RHS fund helps gardening projects with £30,000 injection

One of 25 community gardening groups across ScotlandA total of 25 community gardening groups across Scotland have been awarded grants totalling £30,000 by the RHS. This is the second tranche of a three-year programme designed to support community growing across Scotland.  

More than 70 groups applied for grants from the charity to help fund local projects. The RHS awarded up to £2,500 to 14 projects and a further 11 projects received small grants of up to £300.

Projects supported by the scheme include:

  • The Grove Orchard Project in Edinburgh, awarded £1,500 which will help the group to create a mini orchard on an area of wasteland near the city centre, as part of a vibrant community growing project using portable planters and recycled materials to transform the site. 
  • Carlowrie Academy, run by the charity Restart, just outside Edinburgh received £2,000 to help fund a new training programme that supports long-term unemployed people to learn new skills in horticulture.
  • The historic HMS Frigate Unicorn in Dundee received £1,113 towards creating a new garden on the quayside as a catalyst for wider regeneration of the waterfront area.  
  • SPIRIT Advocacy in Inverness, awarded £2,030, will create a new urban garden as a therapeutic space for its staff and service users aiming to inspire people to try growing at home.
  • The Greening the Gorbals Project in Glasgow was awarded £2,000 and will transform an area in a neglected park in the Gorbals into a community wildflower meadow, wildlife haven and communal growing space, working with local volunteers to help them learn new gardening skills.

Download the full list of supported projects (218kB pdf)

Liz Stewart, RHS Development Manager for Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting such a diverse range of exciting projects, and were overwhelmed by the quality and variety of the applications we received. It goes to show that community gardening is firmly established and celebrated in Scotland.

"The range of projects supported by the RHS include benefits to health and wellbeing, skills development, biodiversity and urban regeneration and demonstrate the impact and importance of gardening to communities today.”

For more information about the Scotland Community Fund or our work in Scotland, please contact Liz Stewart, Development Manager for Scotland at [email protected] or 07738 809441.

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