Beneficiaries

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme has donated £55 million to charity over the last 90 years.

Originally set up to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme is now the most significant charitable funder of nursing and caring charities in the UK. We also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, and we grant awards to help community gardening projects and gardeners at the start of their career.

In 2018, we donated a record £3.1 million from funds raised at gardens open in 2017 – almost double the £1.6 million donated ten years ago – and a huge 82p in every £1 fundraised goes straight to our beneficiaries. Read about our charity partnerships below, and find out more about our bursaries and apprenticeships by clicking here.