Bursaries and Apprenticeships

Bursaries and Apprenticeships

Grants have been specially awarded this year to charities who help young gardeners at the start of their career.

To view our Elspeth Thomson bursaries click here. 

The National Garden Scheme is fortunate enough to enjoy dynamic partnerships with other leading charities in the gardening and horticultural sector. We provide annual funding specifically to support training in the sector – notably for young gardeners – and in return the partners provide a range of support for us.


  • ABF The Soldiers’ Charity                                 £80,000
  • Women’s Farm and Garden Association            £65,000
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales                    £20,000
  • Professional Gardener’s Trust                           £19,000
  • Garden Museum*                                             £10,000

*Matched by the Leffman Trust

We also have a partnership with the Garden Museum whereby they receive a £10,000 for a trainee programme.

Working with our partners to promote gardens and gardeners in the UK and to raise their profile is an important priority for us, alongside the charity’s primary donations in support of nursing charities.