RHS Greening Grey Britain grants up for grabs

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on communities across Scotland to transform an unloved local space into a green haven this summer.

Now in its fourth year, the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme, supported by M&G Investments, is offering up to 50 intergenerational gardening projects across the UK £500 worth of plants and materials as well as expert advice to help get their plans underway.

Projects should help improve health and wellbeing, address environmental issues or support local wildlife and might include turning forgotten littered corners into vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down storm water or disused areas becoming productive gardens, with food to share with the community.

Last year’s funding recipients included Dunbar based social enterprise, The Ridge, which built a new therapeutic ‘Sanctuary Garden’ bursting with sensory planting to be enjoyed by people with dementia and their families.

Liz Stewart, RHS Community Outreach Manager, comments: “In 2018 the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme helped nearly 3,000 people with their greening projects and supplied over 5,000 plants. We’d love to hear from communities interested in improving a local space this year and encourage them to get their bids in.”

The deadline for applications is midnight on 28 February 2019. Please visit www.rhs.org.uk/ggbwithcommunities to apply.

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