How the National Garden Scheme works

Every year, the National Garden Scheme (NGS) welcomes thousands of visitors to their open gardens across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

The gardens, which each charge a small entry fee, pass the money to the National Garden Scheme who donate the annual income to a small group of beneficiaries, of which we are one. The National Garden Scheme has supported Hospice UK since 1996, donating over £6.5 million during that time.

Our recent partnership video highlights how a hospice’s garden is an invaluable place of peace, respite and tranquillity for staff, patients and visitors.

How they support hospice care

National Garden Scheme 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.

Through our grants programme the scheme also offers bursaries to hospice staff members, focused on courses and conferences that will have a direct benefit to patient care.

They also 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.

Gardens and Health

The National Garden Scheme’s annual Gardens and Health campaign raises awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening for everyone.

Celebrated in May each year with a dedicated Gardens and Health Week they work to promote gardens and health throughout the year, linking service users from their beneficiaries with free garden visits and funding garden and health projects.

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