Our partnership with the National Gardens Scheme

The National Gardens Scheme is Macmillan’s largest single donor having donated an incredible £15.7 million since our partnership started in 1985.

Thousands of beautiful gardens throughout England and Wales welcome visitors on behalf of the NGS and raise much needed funds for a range of nursing and caring charities, of which Macmillan is one of the largest beneficiaries.

The money the NGS has donated to Macmillan has funded 147 projects and posts across the UK to date, and has helped to fund the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. In 2015, the NGS announced it would donate £1.5 million towards the Macmillan Chesterfield Appeal. The money, equivalent to the NGS’ annual £500,000 donation to Macmillan for three years, has helped to fund a state of the art cancer centre to be named ‘The NGS Macmillan Unit’ at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Derbyshire. The new centre, due to open in early 2017 will be home to chemotherapy treatment rooms, specialist information and advice, practical and financial support and counselling services. This new facility will help to ensure that no one in Derbyshire has to face cancer alone.

Over the course of our partnership the NGS has also provided invaluable support to Macmillan’s Move More campaign helping to promote the benefits of physical activity and gardening for people affected by cancer.

You can find out more about the gardens that open for the NGS by purchasing a copy of the annual Gardens to Visit guide from the Macmillan online shop. Or visit a unique NGS garden yourself, by finding an NGS open garden near you using the NGS garden finder at www.ngs.org.uk


The front cover of the Yellow Book 2016 the words 'gardens to visit 2016' appear with a garden in the background.