Opening gardens, transforming lives

Our partnership turns garden visits into vital support for people living with cancer.

A National Garden Scheme garden

Our partnership with the National Garden Scheme

Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Garden Scheme have a unique partnership. Together, we open beautiful private gardens to the public to transform lives.

The National Garden Scheme has donated over £18 million to Macmillan Cancer Support since 1984. They have helped fund care units in Bristol and Chesterfield. This includes 150 Macmillan nurses and vital professionals. Together, we inspire more people to visit gardens to enjoy the sense of wellbeing a beautiful outdoor space can bring.

Visiting these exceptional gardens helped us open the doors to the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit in Wales, our latest joint project. This is the direct result of a shared commitment to supporting people when they need us most. We were delighted that His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, visited the state of the art unit in July 2021.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales talks to staff at Y Bwthyn

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,600 private gardens in England and Wales. It raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. The scheme has raised £58 million for nursing and health charities since 1927. We couldn’t do it without the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors.

Y Bwthyn NGS Palliative Care Unit

Get involved

To support our partnership, book a garden visit, or enjoy a series of virtual tours, visit the National Garden Scheme website. The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2022 is also available from the National Garden Scheme shop. Please note that some of the information may be affected by coronavirus.

The front cover of the The National Garden Scheme's handbook. The book is yellow with an illustration of a gate opening on it.