Elspeth Thompson Bursaries

Elspeth Thompson Bursaries

In partnership with the RHS we offer annual bursaries in memory of Elspeth Thompson, who died in 2010. The bursaries are intended to support community gardening projects aimed at bringing the community together by the sharing and acquiring of horticultural knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening across all age groups.

Elspeth Thompson Bursary amounts for  2017

Total awarded: £16,574

  • Aspire Academy, Harlow, Essex £2,475
  • Canton Youth Organisation, London £968
  • Fern Grove Community Garden, Liverpool £1,200
  • Ford Park Community Garden, Ulverston, Cumbria £2,700
  • Foxhole Community Garden, Dartington, Devon £624
  • Great Oaks Dean Forest Hospice, Forest of Dean, Glos £1,029
  • Gro Organic CIC, Solihull, Birmingham £3,500
  • Northallerton, Secret Garden, North Yorkshire £2,400
  • St Peter’s Community Garden, Cardiff, Wales £1,679
About Elspeth Thompson

Elspeth was an enthusiastic supporter of the National Garden Scheme and wrote a much-loved Urban Gardener column in The Sunday Telegraph, who wrote of her ‘[Elspeth] had a particular talent for bringing beauty to the places where she lived, no matter how unpromising those places first appeared.’

How to apply

Applications for funding are considered in February each year, the closing date for applications is 31 December of the preceding year. No fixed amount is set but the maximum amount awarded would not normally exceed £5,000.

To find out more on how to apply for a bursary click here 

To download the application form click here