One scheme we particularly recommend this year is for the Colchester & Ipswich Hospital’s Charity, which is one of our nominated charities this year. It’s easy to register and everyone is welcome to join in.
The most well known open gardens can be visited through the National Garden Scheme. Originally set up in 1927 to support district nurses, it now raises millions of pounds for nursing and health charities each year. They also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, grant bursaries to help community gardening projects and support gardeners at the start of their career. In 2019, they donated £3 million, and over 80p in every £1 raised at the open gardens goes straight to their beneficiaries. They are looking for new gardens, small and large, and if you wonder if your garden is worth visiting they say “if you’re passionate about your garden and your friends and family tell you how lovely it is, then it’s very likely other people will want to visit your garden too.”