National Garden Scheme launches new book and announces record £3.1 million donation

National Garden Scheme launches new book and announces record £3.1 million donation

Fri 16 Mar 2018

News | National Garden Scheme

We’re chuffed to announce the National Garden Scheme (NGS) has made a record donation of £3.1 million from funds raised at garden openings in 2017 – a figure which has nearly doubled in ten years and now brings the total donated to beneficiary charities since the NGS was founded in 1927 to some £55 million!

This year our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK, who we’ve been supporting for many years, and who each receive £500,000 from funds raised in 2017. Annual donations continue to Carers Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK and Perennial, as well as MS Society, who is our guest charity for the third and final year.

Donations to charities who are actively promoting the health benefits of gardens have been increased this year and include two new beneficiaries, Leonard Cheshire and Maggie’s Centres. Over £190,000 has also been donated to projects that support training gardeners – such as those at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Professional Gardener’s Trust.

The announcement of donations coincides with the launch of the Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018, also known as the ‘Yellow Book’. Available now via the NGS shop and all good book retailers, The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018 details gardening openings in England and Wales.

George Plumptre, CEO of National Garden Scheme, said about funds raised in 2017: “It’s been another record breaking year for the National Garden Scheme and we are extremely pleased to be able to fund even more vital work in the areas that we are passionate about – nursing, gardens and health, and support for training gardeners. Nursing has never needed our support more than at the moment and I am delighted that some of our funding is continuing to support special training and career development for a variety of nurses.

“The National Garden Scheme is hugely grateful for everything our garden owners and volunteers have done in 2017. They have worked tirelessly to open their exceptional gardens to the public and provide delicious tea and cake to thousands of visitors, who in turn generously support the National Garden Scheme, come rain or shine!”

The donation of £500,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support marks an ambitious partnership to fund a new specialist cancer care unit at Y Bwthyn in South Wales. The NGS is Macmillan Cancer Support’s largest single donor, having donated nearly £17million since the partnership began in 1985. The new unit is set to open in 2019.

Julia Palca, Chair of Trustees at Macmillan Cancer Support, said about the specialist cancer are unit: “We are immensely grateful to the National Gardens Scheme for its continued support for over three decades. The NGS’ £2.5million contribution over five years will make it possible to build a new Macmillan palliative care unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales.

“The state-of-the-art unit promises to be a welcoming and comfortable environment, which will mean that people living with cancer no longer have to travel between two hospitals for their care. This will make a huge difference to people who are at the end of their lives in the local area, as well as to their families. If it weren’t for the NGS and the people who kindly open their gardens to raise money, this simply wouldn’t be possible. Thank you.”