Grants for Primary Schools

Established over 25 years ago, Avon Gardens Trust is part of a national network of county gardens trusts.

Besides having a particular interest in the conservation and enjoyment of historic gardens and public parks, county gardens trusts are also keen to promote the importance of outdoor learning through the development of gardens in primary schools.

Avon Gardens Trust is keen to encourage primary schools in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire develop their school gardens. Applications are invited from primary schools in these areas for small grants to help them purchase plants or gardening equipment.

The rainbow garden at Paulton Primary School
The rainbow garden at Paulton Primary School

The Trust is especially keen to hear from pupils in primary schools who are members of their School Council or school gardening club. Please tell us about your school, what the garden projects are and what flowers or vegetables are already being grown. We would like to hear what you would like to do next and how a grant could help you achieve that. There are lots of things that can be done but a few of our ideas include the purchase of fruit trees, vegetables or flowering plants or even the buying of garden tools.

Avon Gardens Trust would be delighted to make an award to help a primary school with their gardening projects. The list below gives a few ideas of what could be purchased:

  • Plants for the sensory garden
  • Plants to attract wildlife
  • Fruit trees
  • Seeds and seedlings
  • Rain water collection
  • Hand tools, forks, trowels, potting compost, watering cans
  • Herbs that can be used in cooking
  • Ground preparation -eg raised beds etc.

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications from primary schools in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Download an application form for Primary School Grants here (.doc)

Previous Primary School Grants

Primary School Grants in 2012-2013 Academic Year

In this last academic year, we received applications for a small grant towards gardens from eight schools within Avon. Two of the schools were from Bath and North East Somerset and six were from North Somerset. All these schools received a grant of £25 per school. Following the Annual General Meeting in July, it was proposed, seconded and agreed by the members present that the amount given to each successful school in the future would…

Primary School Grants in 2011-2012 Academic Year

This year, following close liaison with the Healthy Schools Co-ordinators in our four unitary authorities, Avon Gardens Trust invited primary schools to apply for small grants that would help to enhance their school gardening projects. Of the seven schools who applied, two were from Bristol, one from Bath, three from North Somerset and one from a village in South Gloucestershire. All the schools had active gardening clubs most of which met on a weekly basis….

Trees for St Michael’s Junior School, Bath

von Gardens Trust Chair, Ros Delany lends a hand at St Michael's Junior School, Bath

St Michael’s Junior School in Twerton, Bath, was one of the primary schools that received a small grant from Avon Gardens Trust in early 2012 to go towards improving their school grounds. I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit the school to meet members of the Green Fingers Club and to plant one of the trees that the school had purchased with the grant money. On a wet day in early July that…