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.


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 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


When can I hold my Great British Garden Party?

You are free to select whenever you like to host your Great British Garden Party.  We have suggested a week: 14th – 20th September, purely as a guide. However, if there is another date that works better for you then please go ahead, invite your guests and have a wonderful day.

We’d love to know what you are planning and when, so do let us know so we can wish you the best of luck!


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.

We’d encourage you to register your interest so that you will receive our digital fundraising kit which will provide you with ideas, inspiration and fundraising materials to help you make the most of your day.

Some of the most popular ways of raising funds are to 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 that I raise at my Garden Party?

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: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/greatbritishgardenparty

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.  


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 first ever Great British Garden Party in aid of vital nursing charities, 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 beneficiaries – charities such as Marie Curie, Parkinson’s, Hospice UK, Macmillan and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, all of whom need our help more than ever before as they continue to deliver vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you.


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 your garden to help raise funds for the vital nursing charities supported by the National Garden Scheme. Charities such as Marie Curie, Parkinson’s, Hospice UK, Macmillan and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, all of whom need our help more than ever before as they continue to deliver vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Thank you


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