Our partnership with the National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme is Macmillan’s largest single donor having donated an incredible £16.2 million since our partnership started in 1985.

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 their garden openings. The more people that visit a beautiful NGS 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 NGS open garden near you using the NGS garden finder at www.ngs.org.uk

The money the National Garden Scheme 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 named ‘The NGS Macmillan Unit’ at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire. The new centre is home to chemotherapy treatment rooms, specialist information and advice, practical and financial support and counselling services.

Over the course of our partnership we have also worked together to promote the benefits of physical activity for people living with cancer. We have recently launched a joint campaign ‘A blooming good way to get active’. We want 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.