The National Garden Scheme announces a record annual donation of £3 million in its 90th year

The National Garden Scheme announces a record annual donation of £3 million in its 90th year

Tue 14 Mar 2017

  • £3 million will be donated to National Garden Scheme beneficiaries in 2017
  • More than £50 million has been donated to nursing charities since 1927
  • Announcement of a new Gardens and Health beneficiary, The National Autistic Society
  • A larger donation will be given to The Queen’s Nursing Institute
  • The National Garden Scheme is the biggest charitable funder of both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, having donated over £16m and £8m to each.


The Trustees of the National Garden Scheme announced yesterday the distribution of £3 million to its beneficiary charities as a result of funds raised at garden openings in 2016. 82 pence in every £1 of the money raised at the gardens will be donated to our beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are:

Macmillan Cancer Support


Marie Curie


Hospice UK 


Carers Trust


Queen’s Nursing Institute


Parkinson’s UK




MS Society


National Autistic Society


Other donations



George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme said ‘With the assistance of our garden owners, volunteers and the generosity of those who visit the gardens which open on our behalf, we have been able to donate a record amount to the nursing charities that the National Garden Scheme is proud to support. In our 90th year we are celebrating with an exciting new look for our amazing charity, including a new website. We hope that this will help us to reach a wider audience and give away bigger donations to charity in the future.’


The National Garden Scheme has also brought on The National Autistic Society (NAS) as their new beneficiary for the Gardens and Health grant this year. The grant will be used to award various smaller donations to garden related projects at their local branches.

Alan Gardner, Channel 4’s ‘The Autistic Gardner’ and Cultural Ambassador for The National Autistic Society said; “Horticulture has so much to offer autistic people like me. Working or spending time outside in the tranquil setting of a garden can help to reduce the high anxiety levels which many of us struggle to cope with. The sights and natural smells of a garden can engage our senses without overwhelming us.’

Gardens and health will be a key theme for the National Garden Scheme this year, with George Plumptre announcing their first ever Gardens and Health Week.

The National Garden Scheme was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 1927 to raise money to support district nurses in England and Wales.





Editors Notes:

  • Since its foundation in 1927, The National Garden Scheme has donated over £50 million to its beneficiaries to date
  • This year the National Garden Scheme will donate £3 million to its beneficiary charities
  • Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society. Further donations are also made.
  • Registered Charity 1112664