The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on communities to give a green makeover to an unloved space in 2020.
Now in its fifth year, the RHS Greening Great Britain funding programme, supported by M&G, is offering hands-on support from an RHS Community Advisor and grants of up to £500 to 50 gardening projects across the country.
Gardening can help strengthen communities and applicants are being asked to show how their project will grow connections by bringing people together.
Groups also need to be signed-up to an RHS-affiliated scheme such as Britain in Bloom, It’s Your Neighbourhood or the RHS Campaign for School Gardening to apply.
2019 funded projects included:
- The expansion of a community garden in Yorkshire where people are referred from local GP surgeries as part of a social prescribing scheme
- A revamped community garden that supplies fresh produce to a foodbank scheme in Gateshead
- The transformation of a wasteland in Bristol into a vibrant community garden, helping local people to gain skills and confidence
Liz Stewart, RHS Community Outreach Manager, comments: “The RHS Greening Great Britain funding programme has helped 178 community projects to date and complements our wider campaign to get people growing for the benefit of people and the planet. This year, we’re keen to support groups who want to connect people through gardening and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits that brings.”
For full details of eligibility criteria and the UK regions where funding and practical RHS help can be provided please visit www.rhs.org.uk/ggbwithcommunities
The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 14th February 2020.