Community Gardens Award

In 2011 the National Garden Scheme set up an award scheme in memory of Elspeth Thompson, the much-loved garden writer and journalist who died in 2010. Elspeth was a great friend and supporter of the National Garden Scheme; she also wrote an admired ‘Urban Gardener’ column in the Sunday Telegraph. Her column often celebrated community gardens and so the awards support gardening projects carried out within local communities all over England and Wales.

Elspeth Thompson

Elspeth Thompson

In 2020 we gave out awards to 44 projects bringing the total of projects supported to-date to over 100, with a total amount donated of £209,384.

Submissions for 2021-22 close on 28th February 2022. Applicants will be notified of the results in April 2022 and we expect that grants to successful projects will be available from then, on application.


Community Gardens Award Application Form

Please read the Application Guidelines carefully before completing this form to ensure that you are eligible within the CGA’s terms of reference. We prefer application forms to be completed and submitted online. If you have to download it please save the completed application as a Word document and submit it via email to [email protected]. We are not able to accept applications submitted in hard copy.

You can save your progress on this form and return to it later at the bottom of the page. 

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  • Applicant organisation/group


Completed forms should be submitted online. If you have downloaded the form please only submit it as a Word document attached to an email to the National Garden Scheme: [email protected]. We are not able to accept applications submitted as hard copy in the post.

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Our donations for 2020

Donor 1
Donor 2 £425,000
Donor 3 £425,000
Donor 4 £425,000
Donor 5 £340,000
Donor 6 £370,000
Donor 7 £157,500
Donor 8
Donor 9 £75,000
Donor 10 £100,000
Donor 11 £190,000
Donor 12
Donor 13 £80,000
Donor 14 £195,000
Donor 15 £97,210