The National Garden Scheme has announced that Carers Trust is to receive £400,000 from its garden openings.

The scheme announced a record donation of £3.1 million from funds raised at garden openings in 2017 - a figure which has nearly doubled in ten years (£1.6million donated in 2008) and now brings the total donated to beneficiary charities since NGS was founded in 1927 to some £55million.

Carers Trust is one of beneficiaries which include a number of other both large and small charities.

Giles Meyer, Carers Trust CEO, said:

“We’re thrilled that the National Garden Scheme will be continuing to support us in 2018. As our longest standing supporter, their funding has provided thousands of unpaid carers with respite breaks and support for many years.

 “We’re looking forward to another exciting year and would like to say a huge thank you to the many volunteers who have opened their beautiful gardens to help raise vital funds for our work.”

George Plumptre, CEO of National Garden Scheme, said:

“It’s been another record breaking year for the National Garden Scheme and we are extremely pleased to be able to fund even more vital work in the areas that we are passionate about - nursing, gardens and health, and support for training gardeners. Nursing has never needed our support more than at the moment and I am delighted that some of our funding is continuing to support special training and career development for a variety of nurses.

 “The National Garden Scheme is hugely grateful for everything our garden owners and volunteers have done in 2017. They have worked tirelessly to open their exceptional gardens to the public and provide delicious tea and cake to thousands of visitors, who in turn generously support the National Garden Scheme, come rain or shine!”

In 2017 over 3,600 gardens opened to the public across Britain, raising money through entry fees, teas and cake. In 2018, even more garden openings are scheduled - all of which can be found in the newly published  Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018, available via the NGS shop and at all good book retailers.