The QNI and the National Garden Scheme have created a new scholarship programme for community nurses, the NGS Elsie Wagg (Innovation) Scholarship.

The new scholarship was launched by George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, speaking at the Queen’s Nurse Annual Meeting on 12th May 2021, Nurses’ Day.

The Scholarship is open to all nurses working in the community. Scholarships will be awarded to five nurses submitting the best applications for year-long supported projects that promote the health benefits of gardening and garden visiting among a group of people.

The QNI has a long track record of supporting nurses to develop and implement their own ideas to improve the nursing care of the people they care for in the community. Project leaders receive a year-long programme of individual and group support, as well as funding to implement their project to improve healthcare.

The scholarship is named after Elsie Wagg MBE, the QNI council member who originally had the idea to open gardens to raise funds for the charity, which led to the creation of the National Garden Scheme in 1927.

To find out more and apply, go to:

Example Scholarship Projects 

  • A General Practice Nurse working with colleagues and individuals to create or improve a flower/herb garden at a GP Surgery;
  • A Community Learning Disability Nurse organising visits to National Garden Scheme gardens for individuals and/or groups of service users, family members and volunteers;
  • A Community Mental Health Nurse working with colleagues to support service users to access gardening and garden visiting as part of therapy;
  • A Care Home Nurse working with residents and families to develop a sensory garden at their home and encouraging residents to participate in the planning and to share stories and memories about plants and gardens;
  • A Prison Nurse working with people in prison and colleagues to create or improve a prison fruit and vegetable garden.

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