The Trust regards helping children to learn about the growing of plants and their value in our lives as one of its prime activities.

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Grants up to a maximum of £400 are awarded to primary, middle and special schools to fund new projects for their school gardens. Advice and help is given to the school with initial planning, costing and layout of the proposed garden. Even on the most difficult sites gardens can be created and huge enjoyment gained by the children. It is very rewarding for them to be able to grow flowers and vegetables and then cook and eat the results of their hard work.

The Trust has made well over 100 grants to schools in the County. As well as helping with the administration, members of the Schools Group act as school visitors in their own area so that each school sees the same person each time they visit.

If you wish to know more about our grants for schools and whether your school would qualify please email with your name & telephone number, and the name and address of the school.

Click here to see the DGT's leaflet on Helping Dorset's Schools.

In 2014 and 2015, 24 schools were offered grants, with the following schools in 2016 -

  • Salway Ash CE VA Primary School
  • Cranbourne CE VA First School
  • Powerstock CE VA Primary School
  • Bridport Primary School
  • St Catherine's RC Primary School Bridport
  • St Mary's CE VA Primary School
  • St Gregory's CE Primary School
  • St Mary's CE Primary School Wareham
  • William Barnes Primary School
  • Trent Youngers CE VA School
  • Leaf Academy Bournemouth


The Trust provides bursaries to three or more students at Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester as a contribution towards travel costs for students on horticultural courses.  The lack of public transport in the county means that travel issues are a key reason why students are unable to take up the offer of a place.  The students are chosen by the College.




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