Gifts from the Kew Horticultural Society
At a recent Special General Meeting the members of the Kew Horticultural Society agreed to give some of their excess reserves to local community groups and schools with the aim of furthering interest in gardening, horticultural and earth science generally. Accordingly, with this aim in mind, the KHS is happy to announce that they have made the following gifts.
The KHS donated £3000 to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for a community project which aims to encourage excluded people, such as those who are homeless or refugees or suffer from disabilities, to engage in gardening and to learn about gardening in the allotments located at Kew Gardens. The KHS gift will support the provision of a new poly tunnel as well as tools and equipment for this project.
£3000 was also given to the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust for their Schools Project. The kitchen garden has for some time invited school children to enjoy day visits to the kitchen garden to plant, grow and harvest produce, visit the bee hives and learn more about the world that is the kitchen garden. The KHS monies will allow the children to visit for free, as used to be the case, rather than as at present paying to visit. Payment had to be instituted given the ending of an earlier grant. Given the shortage of funds in schools the need to pay had led to a steep decline in school visits. The KHS grant reverses that disappointing trend. The monies will allow the school children to visit without charge and to provide the tools and equipment needed to make sure the project is a success.
Finally, three local schools, Kew Riverside Primary School, The Queen’s C of E Primary School and Darell Primary and Nursery School, each received a grant of £1000 to enable them to carry forward proposals, which each of them submitted prior to being given the grant, for an earth sciences project. We were delighted that the proposals were all very different but that each was clearly going to offer the children real opportunities to understand better the natural world and to get engaged in activities involving both gardening and nature study.