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

Daffodils in a garden

Guidance for visiting gardens in current Coronavirus crisis

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Trustees of the National Garden Scheme have taken the difficult decision to ask all the charity’s garden owners not to open their gardens until further notice.

You can find more information on the National Garden Scheme’s website.

How the National Garden Scheme supports Carers Trust

The National Garden Scheme is Carers Trust’s longest standing corporate donor, supporting us since 1996. To date, they have donated over £4 million to help us raise the profile of carers’ issues and enabling us to further our reach and support even more unpaid carers.

Every year, garden owners open up their gardens for the National Garden Scheme, raising large sums of money for caring and nursing charities, of which Carers Trust is one of the largest beneficiaries. 

Funds from the National Garden Scheme have helped us to support unpaid carers in need across the UK. 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.

How you can get involved!

Why not visit one of the hundreds of beautiful gardens opened each year by the National Garden Scheme? We are pleased to announce that in 2020, more than 600 new gardens are opening. 

Money raised from entry fees and sales of tea and cake 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.

To find an open garden near you, 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.

If you’re interested in opening up your garden for the National Garden Scheme, you can find more information about how to do this on the National Garden Scheme website. 

Gardens and health

It has long been understood that there is a direct link between gardens, gardening and being outdoors with health and wellbeing. More recent extensive research shows that spending time outdoors can significantly improve mental health and wellbeing. 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 works to encourage carers to spend time outdoors, including visiting gardens and socialising with other carers. 

The National Garden Scheme’s Garden and Health Week runs from 9-16 May 2020 and focuses on the important role of gardening and gardens and stories about people whose lives have been transformed by their gardens. 

Speaking about their experience visiting a garden, one carer said: "It’s just a renewal of yourself. I can think about myself and speak to people. It boosts your morale. Because sometimes you just get so down that you don’t even think about yourself. The visits are something to look forward to. I love gardening and it’s just a chance to escape for a few hours from my role."

Carers Trust Network Partners

If you are a staff member from one of our Network Partner carer services in England and Wales and are interested in organising a trip for carers to your local National Garden Scheme garden, then we’d love to hear from you.

Contact Hanika Sawhney, our Senior Fundraising Executive.