Bursaries and apprenticeships

In addition to our annual donations to nursing and health, and gardens and health charities, the National Garden Scheme grants bursaries to help community gardening projects and supports gardeners at the start of their career.

Support for training gardeners

The National Garden Scheme provides annual funding specifically to support training in the sector – notably for young gardeners. In 2019, we donated:

*matched by the Leffman Trust

Elspeth Thompson bursaries

In partnership with the RHS, the National Garden Scheme offers annual bursaries in memory of Elspeth Thompson, who died in 2010. Elspeth was an enthusiastic supporter of the National Garden Scheme and wrote a much-loved Urban Gardener column in The Sunday Telegraph. The Elspeth Thompson bursaries support gardening projects aimed at bringing the community together by the sharing and acquiring of horticultural knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening across all age groups. In 2018, we donated:

Applications for funding are considered in February each year and the closing date for applications is 31 December of the preceding year. The bursary scheme is currently being revamped, the new details will be published soon and the website will open for 2019 applications in September.


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Our donations for 2019

Donor 1 £185,000
Donor 2 £130,000
Donor 3 £100,000
Donor 4 £75,000
Donor 5 £85,000
Donor 6 £85,000
Donor 7 £206,208
Donor 8 £500,000
Donor 9 £500,000
Donor 10 £400,000
Donor 11 £500,000
Donor 12 £250,000