The Ashfords Foundation has awarded its first grant in London to the London Children’s Flower Society.
The charity has given children across London from nursery, primary and secondary schools, including special needs schools, the opportunity to take an interest in horticulture. This activity enhances the national curriculum and research has shown that gardening has a huge range of benefits and can give children of all capabilities, a healthy and enjoyable life skill.
The Society currently organises three gardening competitions per year along with a school garden competition - children are asked to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables and are all awarded certificates for participating in the competitions.
Emma-Jane McGrath, Director of the London Children’s Flower Society, said: “We are incredibly thankful to the Ashfords Foundation for supporting us in our work to help London school children have an opportunity to get involved in gardening. Throughout our 74 year history we have seen how much the children have benefited from learning about growing flowers, plants and vegetables and in modern day society this is even more relevant to the physical and mental wellbeing of our children.”
As a society we rely totally on donations and grants from Trusts and Individuals. The generous grant of £750 from Ashford’s Foundation will help the London Children’s Flower Society continue to run competitions annually and support us in offering free bulbs and seeds to our Special Needs Schools.
The Ashfords Foundation has been established with very clearly defined objectives to support smaller charities and community organisations through two grant programmes: Supporting Communities and Preserving Communities. The first offers one off grants of up to £750, while the second supports established charities and not-for-profit organisations develop a solid foundation for the future, helping them build sustainability for the long term with grants of up to £5k. In each case, the project for which funding is sought should be local to one of Ashfords’ offices in Exeter, Bristol, London, Plymouth, Tiverton and Taunton. Further details are on the Foundation’s website: www.ashfordsfoundation.org.uk
Chair of Trustees, John Toth, said: “The Ashfords Foundation were really pleased to support this very worthwhile cause. Introducing young children to the joy afforded by growing plants and flowers is a wonderful thing to do.”