The Great British Garden Party FAQs

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.


Can people who do not usually open their garden for the National Garden Scheme take part?

Absolutely. We are encouraging as many people as possible to join The Great British Garden Party by holding their own event in support of our nurses. Whether you have  a balcony, allotment, tiny terrace or large garden, it is an opportunity to celebrate the space that has been important to you during lockdown and an opportunity to raise money for vital nursing charities.


How many people can I invite to my Garden Party?

With government guidance about the pandemic changing from week to week, it is difficult to keep up to speed with what you can and can’t do as well as how to stay safe if you are planning to host a Great British Garden Party. It’s important that you follow the guidelines that are in place at the time of your planned event and so we would encourage you to refer to the following pages on the UK government website:
–     UK Government’s coronavirus website
–      What you can and cannot do
Social distancing guidelines


How do I host a socially distanced Garden Party?

If your space is small you can invite people at different time slots throughout the day so they can all enjoy the garden and maintain social distancing. And you get more time to speak to everyone!

If people have to walk through your house to get to the garden, then you might consider holding an event in your front garden. You could consider holding a plant & produce sale whilst enjoying a cup of tea and cake. The idea is many small-scale events across the country to celebrate your gardens and collectively raise funds for vital nursing charities.

You can read more ideas on hosting a socially distanced party here


Can I host my Garden Party on an alternative date?

Yes, you can. We have identified the specific week 14th – 20th purely as a guide. However you are free to select any date and day that is most suitable to you. So select your day and invite your guests!


How will I raise funds through my garden party?

You can ask guests to make a donation for their refreshments, perhaps hold a cake, plant or produce sale, ask local businesses to donate a prize for a raffle or host some garden themed games.

We’ve got plenty of fundraising  suggestions and materials to download and print here.


How can I pay in the funds I raise?

There are a number of ways you can pay in your donation – so choose the one that’s easiest for you.

Pay by card: call us on 01483 211535 to make your donation over the phone with a debit or credit card

Make your donation to our JustGiving site: Remember to add a message to tell us about your fundraising success:

Pay in by cheque: If you are not able to make your donation via either of the previous methods you can write us a cheque made payable to ‘National Garden Scheme’ and send it to: National Garden Scheme, Hatchlands park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT. Make sure you enclose a note to let us know that you took part in The Great British Garden Party.

Thank you so much for taking part in our Great British Garden Party. Your donation will make a real difference.




Can my guests make their donations without using cash?

Yes, guests can make donations of any amount up to £20 via text. Text BUNTING 5 (any amount up to £20) to 70085. 
*texts cost the donation amount plus one standard rate message. 

Alternatively they can donate firect to our National Garden Scheme The Great British Garden Party JustGiving site.  


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