The National Garden Scheme opens thousands of beautiful gardens every year.

Afternoon tea in a garden. Photo by Suzie Gibbons
Photo by Suzie Gibbons

Carers Trust’s Partnership with the National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme is Carers Trust’s longest standing donor and to date we have received over £3m to help support unpaid carers.

The National Garden Scheme raises money every year for caring and nursing charities, of which Carers Trust is one of the largest beneficiaries. 

To find an open garden you can search by location and date on the National Garden Scheme website, or, you can purchase the Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018.

Over the course of our partnership, the money Carers Trust has received from the National Garden Scheme has helped us to fund our aim 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.

Garden and Health Week

One of the key dates in the National Garden Scheme’s calendar is Garden and Health Week, which took place between 18 and 24 August 2018. The week aims to show the benefits of gardening on our health. 

Throughout the week National Garden Scheme garden owners opened their gates, free of charge, to carers from Carers Trust local services, offering them an afternoon of gardening advice and relaxation. The feedback from these visits was wonderful so, thank you to all who participated!

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

National Garden Scheme Festival Weekend

On 2 and 3 June the National Garden Scheme’s Festival Weekend saw multiple gardens opening in every county of England and Wales. To celebrate this, we held a Garden Adventure Challenge for all our supporters, partners, volunteers and beneficiaries to take part in. Find out more about our Garden Adventure Challenge.

National Garden Scheme Photography Competition 

The National Garden Scheme ran its second annual photography competition this year in association with BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. The closing date was 28 August 2018. 

Visit the National Garden Scheme website for more information.