This is a perfect way of raising money for charity says Ann Evans.

 

 

 

Pic NGS Charlton Down House Gloucestershire Photo courtesy of NGS

Pic NGS Charlton Down House Gloucestershire Photo courtesy of NGS

 

The NGS have around 3,500 beautiful private gardens throughout England and Wales, each one raising money for charity by opening to the public on certain days of the year. Add in sales of teas and home-made cakes, and it’s a delightful day out – and the perfect way of helping more charities.

 

Since the National Garden Scheme started back in 1927, it has, through the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, donated £58 million to charity. The NGS was originally set up to support district nurses and is now the largest single funder of nursing and caring charities in the UK.

 

The NGS have recently announced that they are supporting three new beneficiary charities this year. Their new guest beneficiary is the mental health charity Mind. Mind’s Chief Executive, Paul Farmer, spoke of the close link between gardens and mental health: “Many people tell us that time in a garden can make all the difference when they are struggling… The connection with nature, the sense of purpose, as well as physical endeavour can all contribute to positive mental health.”

 

 

Pic NGS supporting MIND Photo courtesy of Mind

Pic NGS supporting MIND Photo courtesy of Mind

Also, as part of the NGS ongoing commitment to gardens and health they are supporting two children’s charities this year, Treloar’s and KIDS. Treloars is the UK’s leading centre for severely disabled children and young people and will be using their donation to help fund a new outdoor learning centre.

 

Tony Reid, Chief Executive of Treloar Trust, said: “We are simply delighted to have been selected by National Garden Scheme as one of their Health Beneficiary charities in 2019.  The funding from this partnership will go towards an incredible new Outdoor Learning Centre for the young people with complex disabilities who come to Treloar School and College to live and learn.  This Centre will focus on horticulture, animal husbandry and science activities and has been specially designed to motivate learning, teach life skills and benefit students’ health and wellbeing.  We are incredibly grateful and would like to thank National Garden Scheme and all its supporters for helping to provide this amazing new learning opportunity for our students.”

 

KIDS supports 15,000 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England. They will be using their donation to develop the garden spaces at two of their outdoor garden space facilities.

 

 

Pic Broughton Grange Oxfordshire Photo courtesy of Marcus Harpur

Pic Broughton Grange Oxfordshire Photo courtesy of Marcus Harpur

 

KIDS has received £85,000 funding from The NGS to help develop and enhance the potential of their outdoor garden space and facilities across two of our services. KIDS Basingstoke Nursery, which has recently moved to a new premise and increased its capacity by 30%, plans to add a growing and planting area, specialist outdoor play equipment and a breakout area. Similarly their Wylde Green Centre plan include raised flowerbeds around the perimeter to enable access for wheelchair users, low maintenance sensory area and a playhouse.

 

KIDS Chief Executive, Caroline Stevens said: “The support from the National Garden Scheme will help make our gardens more inclusive for disabled children, helping them engage in nature and providing them with play and development opportunities, which they often miss out on. This funding will help us transform the space and have a real impact on the children’s health and wellbeing. We can’t thank National Garden Scheme and its supporters enough.”

 

To learn more about the National Garden Scheme, and to see the gardens open in your locality, visit: https://www.ngs.org.uk