Grants for Community Groups

Established over 25 years ago, Leicestershire & Rutland Gardens Trust is part of a national network of county gardens trusts.

Besides having a particular interest in the conservation and enjoyment of historic gardens and public parks, county gardens trusts are also keen to promote the importance of outdoor community spirit through the development of gardens in communal spaces.

Applications are invited from small community groups in Leicestershire & Rutland for small grants to help them purchase plants or gardening equipment.

Download an application form here:

Community Group Application Form

Communities News

Reclining chairs donated to “The Secret Garden”

Elizabeth Bacon and Sue Blaxland have visited “The Secret Garden” at Glenfield Hospital to hand over officially the two reclining garden chairs that the Trust is donating to the project. Originally the walled kitchen garden to Leicester Frith (the Victorian mansion on the hospital site) and used by Mental Health Services during the 20th Century, the garden had become derelict. Thanks to many generous donations and volunteer support, it is now almost restored and is…

Secret Garden progress

I recently had to go to Glenfield Hospital and took the opportunity to visit the Secret Garden, formerly the walled kitchen garden at Leicester Frith, which we researched a couple of years ago. I was keen to see the progress that had been made in the garden. Thanks to donations of materials and labour, a seating area has been created and there will be a café.  In front of the 18th century wall, individual bays…