Gardens and health beneficiaries

Gardens and health beneficiaries


In 2018, the National Garden Scheme gave £296,000 of the total £3.1 million charitable donations to gardens and health-related projects run by charities including Leonard Cheshire, Horatio’s Garden and Maggie’s.


Mark Lane and an Agate House resident

Leonard Cheshire supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, the charity is at the heart of local life – opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.

This year, they received a donation of £120,000 to develop two sensory gardens, one in Bedfordshire and one in Western-Super-Mare, and horticultural volunteering projects for disabled people across the UK.

A sensory garden for one of the charity’s care homes, Agate House in Bedfordshire, is being developed by award-winning garden designer, BBC TV presenter and writer, and National Garden Scheme garden owner, Mark Lane. The new garden will transform the grounds for 36 adult residents with physical disabilities, making it fully inclusive for all.

Maggie’s in Oldham

Maggie’s offers free practical and emotional support for all people living with cancer, and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

The relaxing space and link to nature that gardens offer is an important part of Maggie’s philosophy and this year, they received a donation of £120,000 to offer more people the opportunity to benefit from beautiful gardens in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals across the UK.

Maggie’s is using the donation to build two therapeutic gardens in its upcoming centres, in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals in Swansea and Leeds. See how the funds from the National Garden Scheme have helped Maggie’s in this video.


Horatio’s Garden creates and cares for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Horatio’s Garden since 2015 and has donated a total of £180,000 (£50,000 in 2018) to help develop incredible sanctuaries in all 11 spinal injury centres across the UK.

With support from the National Garden Scheme, two gardens have or are due to open to patients in Buckinghamshire and Shropshire. Building work has been completed on a beautiful garden for patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which has been designed by Joe Swift and opened in September 2018. The National Garden Scheme has also helped fund a further development at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injury in Oswestry, which is due to open in Spring 2019.