Gardens & Health

Read the inspiring stories of our garden owners, whose lives have been transformed by their garden, and virtually visit some gardens that our gardens and health programme have contributed to.


Stories and Virtual Visits

The National Garden Scheme isn’t just about opening beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening.

In 2016, we commissioned the King’s Fund to produce a report on the topic and began an annual funding programme to support gardens and health-related projects run by charities.

In 2017, we launched our annual Gardens and Health programme to continue raising awareness of the amazing impact gardens and gardening can have on physical and mental health.

Launched each spring, our Gardens and Health week in 2020 will run from 8th – 16th May but we work to promote Gardens and Health throughout the year, linking service users from our beneficiaries with free garden visits and funding Garden and Health projects.

New Report: Gardens and Coronavirus 2020

A new report from the National Garden Scheme emphasises the vital role that gardens and outdoor spaces played – and continue to play – in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the nation during lockdown. Bringing together feedback from garden owners, viewers of their unique Virtual Garden Visits that aired throughout lockdown, and an online survey conducted in August, the National Garden Scheme report confirms that the power of gardens to do good has never been more important. 

Gardens and Health Week

The National Garden Scheme’s annual Gardens and Health Week is dedicated to promoting the positive impact gardens can have on physical and mental health.

Gardens and Health Week 2020 runs from 8th – 16th May. Discover more about how gardens and gardening can be a path to a healthier lifestyle.

Gardens and Health projects

In 2019, the National Garden Scheme gave £245,000 of the total £3 million charitable donations to gardens and health-related projects run by charities including Treloar’s, Horatio’s Garden and KIDS.

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Our donations for 2020

Donor 1
Donor 2 £425,000
Donor 3 £425,000
Donor 4 £425,000
Donor 5 £340,000
Donor 6 £370,000
Donor 7 £157,500
Donor 8
Donor 9 £75,000
Donor 10 £100,000
Donor 11 £190,000
Donor 12
Donor 13 £80,000
Donor 14 £195,000
Donor 15 £97,210