The National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme is the largest funder of Hospice UK's work, donating £500,000 in 2018, meaning that over a phenomenal £5 million has been given in support of hospice care since 1995.
Every year, the National Garden 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.
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.
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.
Visit a hospice garden with the NGS
There are 11 hospice gardens open this year in support of the National Garden Scheme. Find your nearest hospice garden, with dates and opening times.
Visit a hospice garden with the National Garden Scheme >