The National Garden Scheme opens thousands of beautiful gardens every year to help support unpaid carers.


Snowdrops. Image by Leigh Clapp

Carers Trust’s Partnership with the National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme is Carers Trust’s longest standing corporate donor and to date we have received almost £3.8m from them to help support unpaid carers.

It raises large sums of money every year for caring and nursing charities, of which Carers Trust is one of the largest beneficiaries. 

The money Carers Trust has received from the National Garden Scheme has helped us to support the UK’s seven million unpaid carers. This includes increasing our reach and ability to offer advice, information, respite care, and financial support to carers in their local communities as well as through our policy and campaigning work.

Get involved!

Why not visit one of the hundreds of beautiful gardens opened each year by the National Garden Scheme? Money raised from entry fees is shared out by the National Garden Scheme with its partner charities, including Carers Trust. So your visit will help our work to support unpaid carers across the UK.

Right now, there are many opportunities around England and Wales to see gardens full of snowdrops and other winter colour. To find an open garden near you to visit this year, or to start planning your garden visits for 2020, search by location and date on the National Garden Scheme’s website. You can also purchase the Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2020 for gardens open in 2020. 

Gardens and health

The link between gardens, gardening and being outdoors with health and wellbeing has long been understood. And extensive research, including some undertaken by Carers Trust, has now shown that spending time outdoors can significantly improve mental health and wellbeing. Carers Trust is therefore keen to use this learning in our work with carers by encouraging them to find time to spend outdoors.

The 2019 National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week (11-19 May 2019) focussed on the positive impact of social prescribing; helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. It may not be a surprise to many that gardening, and visiting gardens, is one of the most powerful forms of social prescribing. In fact, over 85% of National Garden Scheme visitors report that being in a garden has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing

Carers Trust Network Partner, Blackpool Carers, can attest to this, with the carers who attend its gardening group reporting feeling calmer and more relaxed.   

Find out more about our survey which shows that more than two thirds of carers are managing their stress levels by gardening.

Carers Trust Network Partners

If you are a staff member from one of our Network Partner carer services around England and Wales and are interested in organising a trip for carers to your local National Garden Scheme garden, then please get in touch. 

Contact Hanika Sawhney, our Senior Fundraising Executive.

Our 2019 Seasonal Ingredients Recipe Competition

Inspired by the National Garden Scheme, in 2019 we ran a recipe competition. Our winner, Alyson, sent us her recipe for a Chocolate and Beetroot Traybake. Alyson’s use of baking to bring happiness to her family and local community is a truly inspiring way to use your culinary talents and you can read her story and try her delicious recipe.