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 2018

Total awarded: £18,216 (2017: £16,574)

    • Confederation of Indian Organisations (Leicester)                 £1,200
    • Denbigh in Bloom (North Wales)                                        £1,500
    • Frome Allotment Association (Somerset)                             £2,000
    • Grapes Hill Community Garden (Norwich)                          £1,053
    • GROW Community Garden (Loughton, Essex)                    £1,500
    • Lindengate (Wendover, Bucks)                                            £3,963
    • Mary Stevens’ Park Growing Together (Stourbridge)            £2,000
    • Shocklach Oviatt Primary School (Malpas)                            £1,200
    • Talgarth & District Regeneration Group (Powys)                  £1,200
    • Thames Ditton (Surrey)                                                      £1,400
    • 1st Ockford Ridge Rainbows – Girl Guides (Surrey)                £700
    • Serenity Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (County Durham)  £500
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. An application form will be available later in the 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