The National Garden Scheme

Help Support Our Nurses

For 94 years the National Garden Scheme has opened gardens to raise funds for nursing charities. In 2020 our gardens closed for the first time ever, resulting in an 85% drop in garden income - just as our beneficiaries need our help more than ever.
£134,021
raised of £150,000 target
by 4684 supporters
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Photo © Horatio's Garden

The National Garden Scheme has been inviting people to open their gardens to raise funds for nursing and health charities for more than ninety years. During that time, we have given away nearly sixty million pounds. And at no time have the gardens ever had to close not even during the Second World War. That is until 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

All our gardens were closed for two months during lockdown, and even though we were able to reopen gardens from June, welcoming restricted numbers and following government guidelines, our garden income has dropped by 85% during 2020, reducing the level of donations we are able to give to our beneficiaries.

And this comes at a time when our core beneficiaries including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queens Nursing Institute need our support more than ever, as they are stretched to the limit by their involvement in the current crisis. For many we are their largest cumulative funder.

So please, if you can, show your support of our nurses by making a donation to the National Garden Scheme. Your generosity will help us to make a real difference.

I love the National Garden Scheme which has been the most brilliant supporter of Queens Nurses like me. It was founded by the Queens Nursing Institute which makes me very proud. As we battle Coronavirus on the front line in the community, knowing we have their support is a real comfort. - Liz Alderton, Queen's Nurse

Photo © Kate Stanworth

To find out more about the impact of our work on nursing and health charities read our 2019 Impact Report here.

About the charity

The National Garden Scheme

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By giving to the National Garden Scheme, you’re supporting some of the UK's best-loved nursing & health charities. Making a donation is a wonderful way to support our work or remember someone who loved visiting National Garden Scheme gardens or gardening. In 2022, together we donated £3.11 million.

Donation summary

Total raised
£134,020.66
+ £22,063.94 Gift Aid
Online donations
£125,492.16
Offline donations
£8,313.50
Direct donations
£117,970.92
Donations via fundraisers
£7,736.23

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