How much we give

This year the NGS announced record annual donations of £2.7 million.

Since its foundation in 1927 the National Gardens Scheme has donated more than £45 million to its nominated beneficiaries and partners. In addition, individual gardens have given away more than £4 million in small donations directly to local charities of their choice.

All of the nominated beneficiaries are nursing and caring charities and the scale of the NGS’s annual financial support means that it is one of the most significant charitable funders of this sector in the UK.

The Trustees of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) announce the distribution of £2.7 million to its beneficiary charities as a result of funds raised at garden openings in 2015.

Even considering the size of its largest and best known beneficiaries, Macmillan and Marie Curie, the continuity of the NGS’s annual donations means that it is currently the largest individual funder in the history of both charities – as indeed it is for all of the nominated beneficiaries.

Its fundraising and grant-making model is uniquely transparent and simple; funds are raised by the gardens that open and the total net amount available is given away annually.




The NGS donations for 2016 are as follows:

Macmillan Cancer Support £500,000
Marie Curie
Hospice UK
Carers Trust
Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI)
Horatio's Garden
Parkinson's UK
Guest Charity: MS Society
Other Donations


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