Charitable Activities

One of the key objectives of the Company is to support charitable activities connected with horticulture. It fulfils this objective both directly and via its support of the independent charity which it has set up called The Worshipful Company of Gardeners of London Charity. This is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission and numbered 1198790. Its microsite is here.

For further information about the Charity, please contact the Secretary.

You may apply for a grant from the charity here.

Examples of the Company’s support for many other charities are provided below.

The Company has provided generous support for Future Gardeners. This is a programme run jointly with the Bankside Open Spaces Trust. Its aim is to give an opportunity for those mostly from Southwark and the surrounding boroughs who want a career in Horticulture but, due to personal challenges and/or other circumstances, have not been able to acquire the necessary skills and certification to get into the sector.

The Future Gardeners scheme not only helps individuals achieve their ambition but also supports the horticultural industry in London to address a crisis due to a lack of suitable and qualified staff (72% of horticultural businesses have trouble recruiting and 10% of all vacancies take over a year to fill). Future Gardeners works towards City and Guilds Qualifications and arranges talks by industry leaders and help with applying for and getting first jobs in horticulture.

The Company and the Charity are delighted that Future Gardeners has recently become a charity in its own right (Charity Number 1191623). The Company is keen to maintain its close links with Future Gardeners going forwards.

More information about Future Gardeners is available here.

The Company also provides major support for its Schools Outreach project. The key objective of the project is to open the eyes of young people to the 60+ careers available to them under the umbrella of horticulture, and to encourage them to pursue this career. The Schools Outreach project provides a means of engaging with a diverse range of school children of different ages and backgrounds, with the objective of introducing them to the myriad career opportunities in horticulture. The project achieves this primarily through presentations to schools and outings to spark the interest of school children in horticulture.

More information about the Schools Outreach project is available here.

The Company presents awards to students of horticulture at Capel Manor College, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, RHS Wisley, Writtle College and the Royal Parks.

The Company has also attracted matched funding from City and Guilds to establish and support apprenticeships in horticulture enabling many individuals to improve their lives for the better.

The Company also supports the Prince Edward's Trophy, for Excellence in Horticultural Career Development. It is intended to highlight an individual's real excellence in the field of horticulture.

The Company organises the Flowers in the City campaign. The aim of the campaign is to encourage the planting of gardens, courtyards, atria, roof gardens, window boxes, troughs, tubs and hanging baskets to beautify the City. The Lord Mayor presents awards of trophies and plaques for meritorious summer displays annually at Mansion House. The awards for winter displays are presented annually at Cutlers' Hall.

The Company has close links with the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association, a long established charity which strives to preserve and improve gardens, neglected sites and green open spaces across London, as well as with The London Children's Flower Society and the London Gardens Society.

Information about the Company's work to influence and inform decisions and strategies to help the environment is available here.

The Master, whilst in office, represents the Company on a variety of charitable committees. Other members of the Company sit on those committees in their own right and also contribute their time and expertise to numerous other organisations for the furtherance of the craft and in pursuit of the Company's objectives. The Company is privileged to present a gift of produce each year to the Lord Mayor.

Flowers in the city
One of the winning entries from the Flowers in the City Summer Competition.
Future Gardeners Graduates with Project Manager Louisa Mansfield (fourth from the right) and Past Master Paul Rochford (fifth from the right).