The National Gardens Scheme

The National Gardens Scheme is the largest funder of Hospice UK's work, donating £500,000 in 2017, meaning that over a phenomenal £4.5 million has been given in support of hospice care since 1995. 

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Every year, the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) welcomes thousands of visitors to their open gardens across England and Wales.

Most gardens are privately owned and open just a few times each year, while others open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens, which each charge a small donation for entry, give the money raised to the NGS who donate the funds to a small group of beneficiaries, of which we are one. They have donated over £25 million to charity in the last 10 years. Find out more on the NGS website.

The NGS Snowdrop Festival 

In 2017 around 90 gardens will open for the second annual National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Festival, some with as many as 300 named varieties of snowdrops. On a wintry day in February there is possibly no better activity than being in an NGS garden surrounded by hundreds of flecks of white snowdrop heads.

George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Gardens Scheme, says “Whether you want to admire the different varieties of snowdrops or just have a walk in lovely surroundings, visiting a National Gardens Scheme garden in February will be the perfect escape.”

Visitors to Snowdrop Festival gardens will also have the benefit of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes; like Hospice UK. To find a garden near you visit the NGS website.

How the NGS supports hospice care

NGS donations have funded vital projects such as the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care, the outcomes of which are helping hospices prepare to meet the needs, challenges and opportunities facing the sector over the next 10 to 15 years. The NGS support our National Care Support Team – a team of experts that provide national advice, support and expertise to hospices, and sponsor the annual Hospice UK awards which recognise hospice innovation and outstanding contribution to volunteering.

Visit a garden

To find your local NGS garden please visit the NGS garden finder.

How the NGS supports hospice care and other charities in the UK

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