Gardening Grants for Schools

All schools in Richmond borough will be eligible to apply for a grant to help pupils become involved in gardening and conservation projects in their grounds. That’s the aim of a new crowd-funding appeal launched by Richmond Borough in Bloom, hoping to reach £5000. The community group, which has run gardening competitions in the borough for over 25 years, has always sought ways of encouraging children’s interest in their natural environment and previously made gardening grants to 52 borough schools with funding donated by eBay. The scheme proved highly successful but the funding has now run out and Richmond Borough in Bloom would like to re-start it.

Given public support, schools will be able to apply in any term for a grant up to £250 to help meet the cost of plants or equipment. For some it provides the encouragement to make a start on gardening while for others it will assist development of new projects planned.

Past grants were used for such works as creating raised borders for vegetables, providing a compost site and a wormery, digging out a pond to establish wildlife and planting a sensory area of plants and shrubs.

Creating gardens in schools will help build, in kids, a life-time appreciation of our natural environment and a will to care for it. With your help we will be able to start up this great scheme again.

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