Opening gardens, transforming lives

As summer hits its stride, now’s the perfect time to get outside and discover nature at its finest. And what better way to do it than by visiting some of England and Wales’ most beautiful gardens through our fabulous partner, the National Garden Scheme?     

Every year, thousands of spectacular gardens welcome visitors on behalf of the National Garden Scheme. Funds are raised through admission, tea and cake, and are then donated to a range of nursing charities, including Macmillan. This year marks the 35th anniversary of our blooming marvellous partnership – one which has raised more than £17.2 million since it began. 

So far, this unbelievable amount has funded 149 Macmillan professional posts across the UK. It’s also helped to fund National Garden Scheme Macmillan cancer units in Chesterfield and Bristol, and it’s helping us to open the Y Bwthyn National Garden Scheme Macmillan specialist palliative care unit in Wales. 

Gardens are good for you

Spending time in green spaces has been proven to offer a host of health and wellbeing benefits, both mentally and physically. So, taking a stroll around a local oasis of calm could be the perfect way to lower your stress levels and enjoy a spot of physical activity. With over 3,500 breathtaking private gardens open to visitors through the National Garden Scheme, there’s bound to be one near you.