The itison Pumpkin Fund

This year we are calling out for brilliant local charities to apply for funding from The itison Pumpkin Fund.

Last year we raised a fantastic £15,000 at GlasGLOW.

This year we’re hoping to smash through that target and are pledging a minimum of £1,000 to at least ten legacy projects in and around the local area.

We’re looking to support charities that help children and young people in our local area and environmentally friendly initiatives to help our beloved Botanic Gardens.

If your community group, school or charity needs a new piece of equipment or tools, has a space which needs a bit of TLC or a capital project that needs a boost – get in touch to apply for support.

If you’re interested in applying, download our itison Pumpkin Fund application form.

A marshal at GlasGLOW

What we've achieved

The itison Pumpkin Fund was created in 2019 to make sure every GlasGLOW brings positive impact to those who need it most in our local area. Since then, we are proud to have raised over £60,000 for good causes including:

• £15,000 donated to East Park in Maryhill to create a state-of-the-art new sensory room called The GLOW Room and a further

• £5,000 raised to go towards creating a new soft play area for the kids there

• £30,000 donated to Highpark LCR in Ruchill to fund a 16 seater mini bus to help the kids get out and about to explore the city

• £5,000 donated to Love Milton to create a new outdoor play area

• £5,000 raised for Hillhead Secondary School to go towards a new minibus

Each GlasGLOW spreads lots of pumpkin joy across Glasgow and beyond – donating thousands of pumpkins to schools and community groups to carve which then go on display in our Pumpkin Patch - one of the best loved parts of our show…and also free to visit during the day.

We also donate 1,000 free tickets each year to help people who otherwise might not be able to attend GlasGLOW.

Young girl showing off her carved pumpkin Kids pumpkin carving workshop

FREE Pumpkin Carving Workshops!

Our FREE pumpkin workshops are back this October bringing some Halloween magic to the Children’s Garden within the Botanics.

Everyone is welcome – no need to book – all you need to do is bring yourself and your pumpkin carving A-game.

Thu 19th – Sun 22nd October, daily at 11am - 3pm

Sat 28th – Sun 29th October, daily at 11am - 3pm

You’ll be able to take your carved pumpkin home with you – or we can display it at our epic annual Pumpkin Patch for tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy in the Botanics throughout the show.

Children with guardians at a table, designing and carving pumpkins