£3.1 million raised from 2017’s open days
A record £3.1 million has been raised for charity by the National Garden Scheme (NGS) from garden openings in 2017, it was announced at the launch of the Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018, (the Yellow Book).
The amount has nearly doubled in 10 years and brings the total donated to charities since the NGS was founded in 1927 to £55 million.
A donation of £500,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support will fund a new specialist cancer care unit at Y Bwthyn in South Wales, set to open in 2019.
£500,000 to Marie Curie and Hospice UK
Other beneficiaries from last year’s funds include Marie Curie and Hospice UK, who will also each receive £500,000.
Annual donations are given to Carers Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK, Perennial, and to the MS Society, the NGS’s guest charity for the third and final year.
Donations to charities who are promoting the health benefits of gardening have been increased and include two new beneficiaries, Leonard Cheshire and Maggie’s Centres.
Supporting training gardeners
More than £190,000 has also been donated to projects that support training gardeners, including ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Professional Gardener’s Trust.
George Plumptre, CEO of National Garden Scheme, said: “It’s been another record-breaking year for the NGS 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.
Thanks to garden owners and volunteers
“The NGS 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!”
Available now via the NGS shop and book retailers, visit https://www.ngs.org.uk/product/pre-order-the-garden-visitors-handbook-2018/.