Macmillan Cancer Support

The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Macmillan since 1984 and are the charity’s longest standing partner, having donated over £16.7 million during that time. In 2018, the National Garden Scheme donated £500,000 to Macmillan.

Since 1984, Macmillan and the National Garden Scheme have been growing vital support for people living with cancer. The money the National Garden Scheme has donated to Macmillan has funded 149 Macmillan Professional posts across the UK, providing the medical, practical and emotional support that can make such a huge difference to people living with cancer. Together we’re also building life changing places, such as the National Garden Scheme Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Bristol and the National Garden Scheme Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal hospital, Derbyshire.

Most recently, the National Garden Scheme announced they are to contribute £2.5 million over the next five years towards a new NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales. The new state-of-the-art unit, set to open in 2019, will make a considerable difference to the end of life experience of cancer patients in the region.

Together, we also aim to inspire you to get gardening to get more active, especially as it can help reduce and manage the side effects of cancer treatment.

For more information about how gardening can help you get active, go to

NGS Macmillan Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital. L to R: Elaine Wilson, Macmillan Strategic Partnership Manager; Roger Start, Lead Cancer Clinician; Martin McMillan, National Garden Scheme.

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