JGS Bursaries

Bursaries to improve Japanese garden skills

In pursuit of our charitable aims, the Japanese Garden Society is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of educational bursaries. The intention is to assist successful applicants to acquire or enhance their Japanese garden related skills.

It is aimed at UK landscapers/ gardeners and those on a gardening-related course of study. The bursaries may be used, for example, to contribute to travel or course fee costs and must assist applicants in acquiring new or additional skills in Japanese garden design, and/or construction, and/or maintenance.

Background and Purpose

There has long been a pressing need for greater expertise among the UK gardening community in the care and maintenance of Japanese gardens, especially those open to the public. This is partly due to a lack of suitable training, leading to a skills shortage among existing gardening staff, and the increasingly important body of volunteers. There is also a need to nurture the successor generation of Japanese garden experts.

The bursaries will be targeted towards improving knowledge, especially among the younger generation, and raising the level of expertise needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of Japanese gardens in the UK

Amount of Bursary

Bursaries are in the form of a grant of up to £1000 designed to assist towards meeting part of the cost of attending an education programme based overseas.


Bursaries are intended for UK residents who are:

  • either working in or associated with a Japanese garden in the UK
  • and/or following a gardening-related course of study/training and who are intending to pursue future work with an emphasis on Japanese gardens/garden design.

Application Conditions and Criteria

Applicants are required to

  • provide a full project plan (if appropriate) with a detailed budget
  • confirm that an education partner/affiliate/host is firmly in place (letter required) and/or details of the educational event
  • demonstrate the extent to which the experience will not only enhance their own knowledge of Japanese garden design and skills but how they will apply/use them on their return to the benefit of the wider UK Japanese garden community
  • write a report on their return which may be used in an article in the Society’s publication Shakkei, and to give a talk (or talks) at the Society’s national and/or regional meetings.
  • agree to share the learning and skills that they have acquired with others in the UK Japanese gardening fraternity and provide evidence of this to the Society (email to: chair@jgs.org.uk) 

Application Process

Applications should be made using the bursary application form.

Applications will be considered throughout the year and the results will be announced within 6 weeks of the date of submission.

We regret that we cannot make retrospective awards.

Payment of bursaries will be made in advance of undertaking the Education Programme.

Applications should be made by e-mail only to enquiries@jgs.org.uk

To download an application form: click here