Saturday, 13 September 2014

A New Gardening Bursary

Thursday was the launch of a new gardening bursary The English Garden Future Fund

You pick up the post and open a letter it's all official from a solicitor's office letting you know that you have been left some money. Now normally these type of letters are trying to con you out of some money but not in this case. It turned out that The English Garden magazine had been left a large sum of money in a Lady's will she left it to them as thanks for the years of enjoyment and knowledge that the magazine had given her. So what to do with all that cash that was the decision The English Garden magazine had to come up with. So The English Garden Future Fund was born it's a bit like the gardening X Factor for the gardening world but with out Simon Cowell sarcasm. 

Tamsin Westhorpe, Raymond Blanc and Stephanie Mahon
 The English Garden editor Stephanie Mahon said, “Gardeners are known for their incredible generosity, whether that’s giving away seeds or cuttings, or sharing their knowledge and experience. We wanted the generous donation we received to be used to help sow the seeds for new gardening inspiration, to grow and benefit the horticultural community now and in the future. We are really looking forward to receiving some exciting entries from the many horticultural heroes there are throughout the UK, who we know are bursting with fresh ideas that could really make a difference.”

 So if you have a great great gardening idea whether you are an individual or a community group with a gardening idea they want to hear from you. They have up to £5000 to give away every year for the next 5 years to the best gardening project they can find. Chris Beardshaw has made a short video to tell you more how the Fund will work.


Want to apply application forms and full details are available in Octobers and Novembers issue of The English Garden Magazine.
There is no time to waste, as applications close at the end of November 2014 then the public has the chance to vote for the project they think has the gardening X Factor. The winner will be announced at the end of February 2015.

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