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

Flowers with butterfly, credit Felicity Crawshaw

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.

To find an open garden near you, search by location and date on the National Garden Scheme’s website. Or you can purchase the Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2019

Seasonal Ingredients Recipe Competition 

Or you could enter our Seasonal Ingredients Recipe Competition, to be in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes!

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.

This year, the 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. Having run a gardening group for the last few months, the carers who attend report 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.

Seasonal garden openings 

Throughout the year, the National Garden Scheme opens seasonal gardens, offering the chance to see this season’s flowers in bloom. Right now, there are many opportunities around England and Wales to see gardens full of summer colour. Why not visit one of your local National Garden Scheme gardens for a wonderful day out at the same time as supporting unpaid carers?

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 Jess Waller, our Senior Fundraising Executive.