WORKING WITH SCHOOLS
In 1995 The Wiltshire Gardens Trust gave their first grant and we have been helping schools ever since. In the 19 years that we have been visiting schools we have given grants of over £55,000. In 2004 we started a scheme to give Junior Bulldog tools and to date we have given these to a value of over £4,500. The first grant that we gave amounted to £50 for two large barrel planters and the last one this year has been £400 for a tool shed. We began with a very small budget which over the years has grown and we now have a maximum grant of £500 for any one request.
In 1996 we planned and hosted the first area education meeting for all South West County Garden Trusts. For some Trusts it was the beginning of them getting into schools in their counties and for others to find out how we were working in our schools.
In 2016, the South West Education Meeting was held at Cannington College hosted by Somerset. The whole conference was centred on how we might try to reach Secondary schools in our counties.