40 years of partnership

In 2024 we celebrate 40 consecutive years of funding for Macmillan Cancer Support. In that time we have donated over £19 million. This page celebrates our story…

The story of our partnership

Since its foundation in 1927 the National Garden Scheme has donated over £70 million to support some of the best-loved nursing and health charities in the UK. One of the most significant beneficiaries has been Macmillan Cancer Support and 2024 marks 40 consecutive years of this partnership and annual donations from the National Garden Scheme to Macmillan. These stories celebrate our partnership and the close ties between the two charities and our garden owners.

Garden like you only have one summer left

A cancer diagnosis changed Lara Honnor’s life. Deciding that cancer had messed with the wrong girl she bought a puppy and turned to nature and horticulture and now opens her Skool Beanz Childrens’ Allotment for the National Garden Scheme in Somerset.

Maggie's Peak Challenge

It was while awaiting her post cancer surgery histology results at the NGS Macmillan Centre in Chesterfield that Maggie Porteous decided to open her garden in the Peak District for the National Garden Scheme.

What gardens mean to people living with cancer

The cancer voices community at Macmillan brings together individual people with personal experience of cancer, which they are willing to share to help achieve change. Some people from the cancer voices community shared what gardens mean to them and how gardens, and gardening, have supported their wellbeing throughout their cancer experience.

Stay safe in the sunshine

Staying safe in the sunshine is SO important when you’re in the garden, whatever the time of year. So we asked Macmillan Cancer Support for their top tips for staying safe in the sunshine.

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Our donations in 2023

Donor 1
Donor 2 £450,000
Donor 3 £450,000
Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £350,000
Donor 7 £350,000
Donor 8
Donor 9 £100,000
Donor 10 £90,000
Donor 11 £80,000
Donor 12 £281,000
Donor 13 £260,000