Back to School Support for Families

We’re here to support families meet the rising costs of school. Parents and carers naturally want to give their children the best start at school to help them grow as individuals with opportunities to learn and thrive throughout their school life. But uniform, sports equipment, school trips, term time food, transport and other essential education equipment can put real financial pressure on families. Where there is a gap in short term provision or where families cannot access the help they need, we are here to support you.

We want to help ease the pressures that families are facing, especially the additional costs returning to school can bring, and we can offer support when you need it the most.

The details of the support we can offer and how to access it are below. If you or your family needs help urgently you can also speak to one of our team on 0800 093 8543 or email .

Who we help

We help people working in any area of the horticulture industry. You can request our help if

You are working in horticulture

✔ You have school age children (5 – 16 years old)

Plus, if any one of the following applies to you:

✔ You have an annual household income below £25,000 (gross) and/or are in receipt of means tested benefits


✔ You have experienced an unexpected crisis or life-changing event


If one of the above applies to you and your family we will ask you to:

✔ Tell us the difference this support would make to your family

Confirm you live in the UK (and you are eligible to work and apply for public funds)

(Evidence may be requested to support your request.)

How we help

During term time we can provide your family with support towards:

School uniform

✔ School sports kit and essential sports equipment

✔ School books/equipment/stationery

✔ Educational school trips within the UK

✔ Transport during term time

✔ School meals

✔ Other essential school equipment