The National Garden Scheme
Raising funds for nursing and caring charities by opening beautiful gardens to the public.
A growing role
In 1948 the NHS came into being but the need for fundraising continued, particularly to support nurses in financial need. In 1980 the National Garden Scheme became an independent charity and now funds a whole range of nursing and caring charities.
Nearly 3700 gardens now open each year and some £3.5m is raised by garden owners. As well as the QNI, other beneficiary charities include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust – a full list of the beneficiaries is here.
In 2021, The QNI and the National Garden Scheme created a new scholarship programme, the NGS Elsie Wagg (Innovation) Scholarship. The Scholarship is open to all nurses working in the community and is for year-long supported projects that promote the health benefits of gardening and garden visiting among a group of people.
The Great British Garden Party
The National Garden Scheme is encouraging people to host a ‘Great British Garden Party’ to raise funds for health and nursing charities – including the QNI. Visit their website and find out how you can get involved.