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Scotland's Gardens Cattanach Fund

Scotland’s Gardens Cattanach Fund is a small grant scheme, new for 2023, for people working or training in horticulture in Scotland. The fund should be used for personal and professional development training relating to horticulture, with a maximum award level of £1,500 (average award anticipated £750). This bursary was made possible by the generous bequest of Mr Albert Cattanach, a regular visitor of SGS' open gardens.


  • Open to horticulturists of all ages over 16, living and working in Scotland

  • Examples of eligible projects include courses, study tours, training and, exceptionally, overseas study tours

  • Funds will not cover tools and equipment unless directly related to the delivery of a specific course



  • Applicants must be training or working in horticulture in Scotland

  • Main source of income must be through gardening/horticulture (or about to be, for example, soon to qualify)

  • Must be unable to afford training without additional support

  • The grant purpose will be to advance the applicant’s professional career in horticulture

  • Training should be for something that’s beyond an employer’s commitment

  • Applicants must commit to providing a report on their grant including details of the project/training and how it benefitted them

…so grateful for the grant funding which allowed me to gain my chainsaw certificate. I could take on more responsibilities and operate more independently…just what I needed to give me that extra confidence boost and to apply for the job positions I really wanted…

Sarah Kirton: Horticulturist, RBG Benmore.

How to apply

The fund is open from 1st March 2023 and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The fund will be administered via the Professional Gardeners Trust (PGT) on behalf of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Apply using the application form on the Professional Gardeners Trust website and email your completed form to  Please mark your email with ‘Scotland’s Gardens Cattanach Fund’ in the email subject line.

For any further queries about the fund, please call Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Head Office on 0131 226 3714 or email

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