National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme opens thousands of beautiful gardens every year to help support unpaid carers.
Carers Trust’s partnership with the National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme is Carers Trust’s longest standing corporate donor, and through funds raised from garden visits over the past 25 years, we have received more than £4.6m from the National Garden Scheme to help support unpaid carers.
The National Garden Scheme raises large sums of money every year through these garden visits 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.
Visiting a National Garden Scheme garden
Over 3,600 gardens are opening for the National Garden Scheme in 2021. There’s an amazing selection from extensive country gardens and small, ingenious plots to allotments, community gardens and many others.
You can find out more about visiting one of these beautiful gardens on the National Garden Scheme website. Most will require pre-booking.
You can also enjoy an array of Virtual Garden Visits.
Find out more about how to visit a National Garden Scheme garden on the National Garden Scheme website and start planning your visits.
Money raised from garden 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.
Gardens and health
Gardens and Health Week runs from 7–13 May 2021, and the National Garden Scheme has launched The Little Yellow Book of Gardens and Health, packed with stories and case studies from garden owners, garden visitors and beneficiaries, including Carers Trust.
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 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.
Every year, The National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week focusses 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 the one of the most powerful forms of social prescribing.
More than 85% of National Garden Scheme visitors report that being in a garden has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing.
Carers from Blackpool Carers, Carers Trust Network Partner, can attest to the positive benefits of visiting gardens.
“Thank you for an enjoyable, break from my caring role, and a chance to meet up with others and have a chat and a laugh.”
Carers Trust Network Partners
If you are a staff member from a Carers Trust Network Partner in England or Wales and are interested in finding out how you can link with a National Garden Scheme garden, then please get in touch.