MG Charitable Trust

The MG Charitable Trust (MG Trust) was established in 2019 and launched in 2021 thanks to the generosity of Market Gardeners Ltd (MG).

The MG Trust is a registered charitable trust which is run independently from MG but is closely supported by the co-operative. It focuses on providing funding to projects and initiatives which have a positive impact on the horticulture industry. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education, innovation/research and industry profile/legacy.

The key objectives of MG Charitable Trust (MG Trust) are to:

- Advance the education of people within the horticulture industry.
- Support projects which help benefit the horticulture industry.
- Advance the development of the horticulture industry through research and innovation.
- Support programmes and organisations that promote the benefits of fresh produce and advocate for the industry more generally.
- Enhance the profile and preserve the heritage of the horticulture industry.

The MG Trust is chaired by grower, John Clarke, with a further three Grower Trustees (Trudy Webb, Mike Russell and Catherine Lewis) and one Independent Trustee(Alastair Hercus). Together, they bring many years’ experience in the horticulture sector and offer a broad range of professional skills to support the objectives of the MG Trust.  

Trustee Nominations 
Election of Trustees 2022

In accordance with the MG Charitable Trust Deed, at each Annual Trust Meeting (held in November each year), two current trustees retire automatically by rotation. Catherine Lewis and Alastair Hercus (who are both Shareholder Appointed Trustees) retire as Trustees by rotation at the 2022 Annual Trust Meeting. Both are offering themselves for re-election. 

Download the annual Trustee rotation notice to MG's shareholders >> 

November 2022 contestable funding round (apply now)

The MG Trust meets in June and November each year to consider funding applications. The Trustees invite applications for the next funding round. You can download the application form and supporting FAQs by clicking the links below.

MG Trust Contestable Fund information >>

Download the contestable fund application form >>

MG Trust Application FAQs >>

Deadline for applications: 25 October2022
Trustee meeting: November 2022

The Trustees aim to contact all applicants within two weeks of the meeting.


Grower Education Fund 

The MG Trust has introduced a $20,000 education fund to support current growers and/or their employees to attend the upcoming Rabobank Farm Managers Programme .  Four subsidised places ($5,000.00 per place) have been allocated for the next course which is held in Christchurch from 19-24 June 2022.  

Grower Education Fund information >>

Information about the 2023 MG Trust education fund will be available later in the year. 


MG Trust Application Forms and FAQs