Grants for Schools

Our aim is to help schools and parents encourage children to love gardens and landscapes, through visits and hands-on gardening activities.

Each year we raise money from our Annual Lecture which, together with donations from members, enables us to support a range of educational projects.

The members of the education subgroup all have practical experience in education and cover all levels from nursery to higher education.

We can provide a small amount of funding to schools to help purchase gardening equipment or just to help with a gardening project. In the autumn we provide small sacks of daffodil bulbs to schools to plant in their grounds. However, we do not fund the purchase of plants or seeds.

We want to foster, in children and young people, an appreciation of the parks, gardens and landscape around them. To this end, we provide primary school children, whose schools lack a green environment, the experience of a day in the beautiful setting such as the Leicester Botanic Gardens. Here, they have the opportunity to see where their food comes from and how it is produced.

Each year we make an award to the student at Brooksby and Melton College who is considered to have made the most progress in their horticulture course.

Applications are invited from schools in Leicestershire & Rutland for small grants for your school. Please download and complete the form below.

Education Grant Application Form Download

Please note that an application cannot be considered unless the form is completed and submitted.


Education News

2023 St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Loughborough visit to the Botanical Gardens

Make and eat your own fruit kebab – by far the most popular activity! Discovering new foods in the tropical greenhouse Searching for pond life – all pupils showing a keen interest Extract from the thank you letter from Priscilla Jordan, Head Teacher “Thank you to all who were involved in the trip.The year 5 class had a brilliant day and I am very grateful for the opportunities it gave them“ It was a splendid…

2023 Brooksby Melton College Horticultural Award

Ben Freeston Silva is this year’s recipient of the Trust’s Brooksby Student Award.  This £100 bursary is given to the student who has made the most progress on their course and has shown dedication and determination to succeed.  Ben first discovered that he enjoyed gardening when he went on a week’s work experience in Evington Park, Leicester.  It was on the recommendation of a friend that he applied to Brooksby Melton College.  He has now…

Netherhall Special School project update

The willow arch at Netherhall School, partly-funded by the Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust, has now been planted. Steve Pickup, of The Willowbank Company, who installed the willow domes which are already on site, returned to plant the willow arch. Jane Hauton, the teacher in charge of the project, said “Steve planted in torrential rain, which was excellent service”.  The willow arch provides another sensory experience for the students, and is an extension of the…

Visit to Netherhall Special School.

Netherhall is a special school catering for around 120 pupils from age 4 to 19, who have severe/profound/multiple learning difficulties. Over the last 4 years, Jane Hauton, the teacher in charge, has led a project to create an outdoor learning space on a field adjacent to the school. There are many things going on in different parts of this space, including five tree areas, two wildflower meadows, and many different wildlife habitats. There is a…

Completed Sensory Garden at Millgate School

7 July 2022  Dear Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust  I am writing to you to offer our sincere thanks for your support in our recent Sensory Garden project  at Millgate School. The project is now complete, and we would not have been able to get to this  point without your support.  We have transformed what was once an empty area of mud into a garden, with five flower beds, two  small ponds and a seating…

2022 LRGT Brooksby Melton College Horticultural Award

Fred receives his award from Sue Blaxland (right) LRGT Secretary. Also pictured is Lil Hammond, Lecturer in Horticulture at Brooksby College, who was Fred’s tutor. Fred Mobey is the recipient of this year’s LRGT Horticultural Award. Fred has spent four years studying at Brooksby. Undecided on a definite career path, he first took a course on Countryside Management. While studying, he realised that the modules he enjoyed most were on plant life, especially trees and…

Glen Hills Primary School, Glen Parva, Leicester

Glen Hills Primary School, Glen Parva, Leicester has been awarded a grant of £101.40. This was to help with watering cans, canes, gloves and compost. In the past an excellent school garden has been neglected at Glen Hills Primary School, Glen Parva. through the lack of a committed gardener and funds. However with the help of two Teaching Assistants  a small groups of students  have already begun to spend 3 sessions a week growing vegetables…

Millgate Primary School, Leicester

Millgate Primary School, Leicester has been awarded a grant of £282.96. They sent an excellent application. The major cost was for a large membrane to cover the area to be made into a garden. This has been done in the Easter vacation. The Head of Millgate Primary School looks on as preparations to lay a membrane as the base of a new garden is being prepared in the Easter Holidays. The membrane is part of…