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 gardening project. In the autumn we provide small sacks of daffodil bulbs to schools to plant in their grounds.

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 of the walled kitchen garden at Kelmarsh Hall. 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.

Education Grant Application Form Download

If you have a gardening project and think we could help then please contact us.

Education News

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…

Corona Virus has not stopped our education support

This year has been significantly different to previous years. Due to Corona Virus we were unable to make our usual trip to Kelmarsh. We have really missed this annual event and hope we can restart it next year. We have continued to link up with schools and support them through providing small amounts of funding for gardening projects. This has included a project at Thrussington school which was given money for raised beds in February….

2019 LRGT Brooksby Melton College Horticultural Award.

Megan Summers was the recipient of the 2019 LRGT Brooksby Melton College Horticultural Award. Megan, 19, was chosen for her contribution as an ambassador of countryside education. She received a cheque for £100, which she chose to spend on books.. Megan told the Melton Times, “Having completed level three horticulture, achieving a distinction, and now undertaking level three countryside management, I feel so lucky, privileged and proud to have been chosen to receive this award”…


Once again we have been able to deliver daffodil bulbs to schools. I have found 4 lovely photos from Medway foundation class I visited Medway an inner city school in the Highfields It was a wet autumn morning It was a scruffy bit of earth next to a wire fence Each child came  outside and using a bulb planter popped a bulb in the hole and replaced a plug of earth on top  The children ,many of whom do not…