Funding to advance horticultural knowledge

Through our charitable awards and bursary schemes, The Kew Guild provides vital financial assistance to support education or further knowledge in plant science.

Supporting Individuals

A key pillar of The Kew Guild throughout our history has been to help individuals overcome any financial barriers that might prevent them from making progress on their professional journey.

Today, we achieve this through a variety of mechanisms, including the Kew Guild Award Scheme, which intends to honour the letter and spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), and other international, regional and national laws and policies concerning biodiversity.

The Kew Guild Award Scheme

Anyone is welcome to apply for an award to support their education or help develop their knowledge in an area of personal interest.

For successful applicants, awards provide a valuable contribution toward the cost of, for example, travel, educational resources, tuition fees or attendance at events. Applications are considered by the Awards Committee in March and July of each year, and interested applicants are invited to download the rules and complete the application form via the links below.

Sponsored educational places

As part of our efforts to support new generations of horticulturists, The Kew Guild has recently provided support for an educational initiative introduced by RBC Kew. The Introduction to Horticulture @ Kew programme is a year-long, paid-for training course targeted at encouraging greater ethnic diversity in horticulture.

Several positions on the programme have been entirely supported by funding from The Kew Guild, with participants receiving a qualification through day-release at Capel Manor College. For further information on the programme contact Rob Brett.

The Kew Guild Medal

As well as funding knowledge discovery through our awards and bursaries, The Kew Guild also recognises and celebrates personal achievement in areas of relevance to the Guild. This idea is embodied in the Kew Guild Medal, which is awarded annually at the Annual Dinner or the Annual General Meeting.

For the history of the Kew Guild Medal, click here.  

The Kew Guild Medal and The George Brown Memorial Award

Our Honours Board

Discover more information on the history of the Kew Guild Medal and our full list of recipients.

The Kew Guild Award Reports

Award Reports

Exploration reports by Award Scheme recipients

Historic Landscapes Past, Present & Future, Hampton Court, 2nd October 2023

The Royal Parks Guild Discovery Days promote career paths in the horticultural industry and gives those just starting out an insight into the opportunities available. 

Free to attend, these events are hosted in conjunction with the YPHA (Young People in Horticulture Association) and supported by the Kew Guild (among others). 

Please click here for a full report on the 2023 event. 

Please click this link to the YouTube video of the day: