National Gardens Scheme
Some of the most beautiful gardens in England and Wales open on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) who have been a partner of Macmillan Cancer Support since 1985. Donating over £14.2 million, they have funded numerous healthcare services during this time, including over 140 professional posts.
For the first time this year The NGS put on a National Gardens Festival Weekend that aimed to raise £500,000, and was the biggest charity gardening opening weekend of its kind.
Macmillan staff and supporters got involved in an awareness raising week in the run up to festival weekend, which included a quiz, a photo competition and a question and answer session on our online community with NGS supporter and gardening guru Geoff Stonebanks.
To help promote gardening for health, the National Gardens Scheme and their president Joe Swift are supporting Macmillan’s Move More initiative. The initiative aims to highlight how regular physical activity can help reduce the side effects of treatment and can even help prevent some cancers returning.
The NGS and Macmillan have produced an information leaflet and seed packet highlighting the benefits of gardening as a form of physical activity, as part of the Move More guide. The NGS has also created a dedicated webpage to the Move More initiative. NGS gardeners have also shared their knowledge on their website, where they provide gardening hints and tips.
The NGS have also supported Macmillan’s new cancer toolkit for schools. The pack provides 9-16 year olds with the facts that they need about cancer, and teachers the tools to discuss it.
Joe Swift once again supported the project and promotes the message that gardening is great fun. An information leaflet and a pack of tomato seeds encourages healthy eating and growing one of the recommended 5-a-day, and NGS gardeners once again provided hints for 'growing your own' on the NGS website
There is more gardening information in the ‘NGS Yellow Book 2013' which contains a full listing of the 3,848 gardens opening on behalf of the NGS and is available from all good bookstores throughout the UK, priced at £9.99.
Alternatively, the NGS is offering Macmillan supporters the opportunity to purchase a copy through Macmillan at a discounted price of just £7, including postage and packaging to any UK mainland address. Visit their online shop and enter the promotion code MCYB13 to obtain your discount.