History of the Society
Fairbridge Garden Society (FGS) was formed in 1993 to raise funds for Fairbridge, the parent charity, by providing a varied and stimulating programme of events for discerning gardeners, and to promote the Fulham Palace Garden Centre (which closed in 2014).
The Fairbridge charity worked with young people aged 13-25 in 15 centres across the UK, giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives.
In April 2011 Fairbridge merged with The Prince’s Trust to form one organisation able to offer young people a more joined-up package of support. As part of The Prince’s Trust, the Fairbridge Programme continues to help some of the country’s most marginalised and disadvantaged young people to overcome their barriers and move forward towards education, employment or training.
In January 2014 the FGS was renamed Fairbridge Garden & Arts Society (FGAS), to better reflect the varied range of events offered to its members. All the profits from events and the membership subscriptions raised by FGAS go directly and exclusively to the Fairbridge Programme.
In the financial year to April 2014, FGAS raised over £29,000, which was spent on helping young people in the Fairbridge Programmes based in three centres – Kennington and Poplar in London and Chatham in Kent – towards realising their potential
FGAS’s promotion of Fulham Palace Garden Centre ended in 2014 when The Prince’s Trust decided to sell the centre in order to invest the proceeds in a way more in keeping with the aims of the combined charities and to support more young people. The centre remained closed for a couple of years until sold, reopening as The Palace Gardener in March 2017. FGAS and The Palace Gardener are considering ways to work cooperatively and re-establish the close ties of the past.