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

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…