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You should find answers to all your questions about the Great British Garden party below but if you have any further questions please send us an email.
I don't open my garden with the National Garden Scheme but can I still take part and host a Great British Garden Party?
Absolutely! We are inviting everyone to get involved – whatever your outdoor space is like. Simply gather your friends at home, in the park or at work and enjoy time together whilst raising funds for vital nursing and health charities. By hosting a Great British Garden Party event – whether that be afternoon tea, a coffee morning or simply a cake and plant sale at your front gate, you’ll be making a real difference to the amazing nursing and health charities that the National Garden Scheme supports.
When can I hold my Great British Garden Party?
You can choose any day that is best for you. The official week is the 15th – 23rd July, but this is purely a guide. You can host your event any day that suits you.
You can sign up to host a Great British Garden Party event here, and select your planned party date. But if you want to change your date later there is no problem, just complete this simple form to let us know of your revised date.
What should I do if I need to change the date of my party?
That’s no problem – if you want to change your date just complete this simple form to let us know of your revised date. We can then make sure that you only receive communications that are relevant and timely to you. Thank you
I'd like to host a Great British Garden Party, but I'm not sure how to raise funds at my event?
We are delighted that you would like to hold a Garden Party and we’d love you to get involved. As soon as you sign up you’ll receive our digital fundraising kit which will provide you with ideas, inspiration and fundraising materials to help you make the most of your day.
One of the most effective ways to maximise the funds you raise is to set up a JustGiving page and send the link out with your invitations – that way even those friends and family that cannot be with you on the day still have the opportunity to show their support. Download our helpful step-by-step guide here.
Other popular ways of raising funds include asking guests to make a donation for their refreshments, holding a cake, plant or produce sale and asking local businesses to donate a prize for a raffle. We’ve got plenty more fundraising suggestions and materials to download and print here.
How can I pay in the funds that I raise at my Garden Party?
The best way to pay in your donations is via a direct bank transfer – this is the most efficient and cost effective method.
Submit your donation by direct bank transfer:
Please use your unique Great British Garden Party reference code (you will find this at the top of every communication you have received from us) as the reference:
Account name: The National Garden Scheme
Bank Name: Barclays
Sort code: 20-35-35
Account Number: 03405036
Submit your donation via Just Giving:
Alternatively you can make your donation via our Great British Garden Party JustGiving fundraising site. Remember to add a message to tell us about your fundraising success and include your unique Great British Garden Party reference code (you will find this at the top of every communication you have received from us).
Submit your donation by cheque:
If you are unable to submit your donation via bank transfer or the JustGiving site, then you can also send a cheque made payable to ‘National Garden Scheme’ to the following address:
National Garden Scheme
Please remember to add your unique Great British Garden Party reference code (you will find this at the top of every communication you have received from us) and the name you used when signing up to host an event when you submit your donation. That way we will know who the donation has come from.
Can my guests make their donations without using cash?
Do people need food Hygiene certificates if they are preparing and serving teas even if it is only for donations?
A Food Hygiene Certificate is not required for a charity event (unless you are a commercial business). Further details are available on the government website here.
I want to support the Great British Garden Party but am unable to hold my own party - is there a way I can do this?
If you would like to support our Great British Garden Party fundraising event, but are unable to host your own party, you can make a donation to our JustGiving site here.
Your generous support will make a real difference to our nursing and health beneficiaries – charities such as Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK, Carer’s Trust and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, all of whom need our help more than ever before as they continue to deliver vital services.
Does the National Garden Scheme provide Public Liability Insurance for Great British Garden Party events?
Great British Garden Parties are generally invitation only gatherings for friends, family and neighbours and so there should be no requirement for additional insurance – it would be the same as if you were hosting your own non-fundraising party in your garden. However it is always wise to double check with your own insurers.
We are not able to provide our hosts with additional insurance for these gatherings. We only provide insurance for our garden owners who open their garden to the general public on our behalf and are registered as a National Garden Scheme garden, listed on our website and in our promotional public for anyone to attend.
I live outside the UK, can I still hold a Great British Garden Party?
Of course! We’d love you to join us in celebration of your garden to help raise funds for the vital nursing charities supported by the National Garden Scheme. Charities such as Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK, Carer’s Trust and The Queen’s Nursing Institute, all of whom need our help more than ever before as they continue to deliver vital services.
You can sign up to host a Garden Party here.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a great way of increasing the value of your donation at no cost to yourself. Anyone who is a UK income taxpayer can reclaim the basic rate of tax on their personal donation, which means that for every £1 donated, the National Garden Scheme will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you have given.
To qualify for Gift Aid you must be a UK tax payer and pay an amount of Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax each tax year (6 April – 5 April) at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year.
Only personal donations are eligible for Gift Aid. If you are the person organising a Great British Garden Party, please note that HMRC do not allow Gift Aid claims of one total amount that you have collected in and added to the form. So please keep your individual Gift Aid forms with your collection box and remember to encourage everyone who donates at your Great British Garden Party to provide their full name, house number and postcode (home address only please).
Please remember that Gift Aid can only be claimed on donations, so if you’re raising money by selling tickets to your Garden Party or by selling cakes or raffle tickets, these will not apply, so please do not add these fundraising activities to your GiftAid form
Please note that Gift Aid does not apply to non-UK taxpayers, Isle of Man and Channel Island residents.
Where do I send my gift aid forms to?
Paying into the bank or paying by card: Send your completed gift aid forms together with a copy of your completed paying in form which will tell us where and when you made your donation – this will enable us to match the funds being paid in with the gift aid forms we receive in order to claim Gift Aid on the individual donations
Paying by cheque: Send in your completed gift aid forms, together with your cheque made payable to ‘National Garden Scheme’ and send it to: National Garden Scheme, Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT.
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