Community Gardens Award

In addition to our annual donations to nursing and health charities, the National Garden Scheme grants awards to help community gardening projects.

The National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award

In memory of Elspeth Thompson

Elpspeth Thompson

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.

Previously managed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, from 2019 the scheme became wholly managed by the National Garden Scheme.

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 (see below).

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Applications for 2023 open in autumn, please check back nearer the time.

The list of successful applicants is shown below. For the accompanying news story click here

2022 Awards

2020 Awards

2019 Awards

Previous projects


For stories about some of our previously supported projects click on the squares below

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Our donations in 2021

Donor 1
Donor 2 £500,000
Donor 3 £525,000
Donor 4 £500,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £395,000
Donor 7 £212,500
Donor 8
Donor 9 £75,000
Donor 10 £100,000
Donor 11 £60,000
Donor 12 £230,000
Donor 13 £7,772