Our partnership with the National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme is Macmillan’s longest standing partnership. They have donated an incredible £16.7 million since our partnership started in 1984.

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

All the money donated by the National Garden Scheme to their beneficiary charities is raised through garden opening entry fees, teas and cake. The more people that visit a beautiful National Garden Scheme garden, the more funds they are able to donate. You can find out more about the gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme by buying a copy of the annual Garden Visitor's Handbook from the Macmillan online shop. Or find an open garden near you using the National Garden Scheme garden finder at www.ngs.org.uk

The money the National Garden Scheme has donated to Macmillan has funded 149 Macmillan Professional posts across the UK, providing the medical, practical and emotional support that can make such a huge difference to people living with cancer. Together we’re also building life changing places, such as the National Garden Scheme Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Bristol and the National Garden Scheme Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal hospital, Derbyshire.  

Most recently, the National Garden Scheme announced they are to contribute £2.5 million over five years towards a new Macmillan palliative care unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales. The new state-of-the-art unit, set to open in 2019, will make a considerable difference to the end of life experience of cancer patients in the region. 

Over the course of our partnership we have also worked together to promote the benefits of physical activity for people living with cancer. In 2017, we launched an ongoing joint campaign to raise awareness of how getting active through gardening could help to manage and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment. To support people we have developed a bespoke campaign page which is packed with useful information and ideas and tips to help people get started.

Macmillan's partnership with the National Garden Scheme
Macmillan's partnership with the National Garden Scheme

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