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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. Your garden does not need to be big or immaculate, simply a space that you enjoy. Combining a celebration of your garden with fundraising for the amazing nursing and health charities that the National Garden Scheme supports and which have made a formidable – but largely unsung – contribution through the pandemic, creates a wonderful reason to hold a Great British Garden Party.
When can I hold my Great British Garden Party?
You can choose any day across the summer that is best for you. The official week is the 4th – 12th September, but this is purely a guide. If there is another date that suits you better, then please go ahead, invite your guests and have a wonderful day.
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 drop us an email to let us know.
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?
If you can we would recommend that you pay in your donations via our JustGiving fundraising site or through a direct bank Transfer, since this is the most efficient and cost effective method. However, if this is not possible then you can also send a cheque to the address below. 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.
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 your donation by direct brank transfer:
Please use your unique Great British Garden Party code as the reference:
Account name: The National Garden Scheme
Bank Name: Barclays
Sort code: 20-35-35
Account Number: 03405036
Pay 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 include your unique reference code and the same you used when you signed up so that we know who the donation is from.
Thank you so much for taking part in our Great British Garden Party. Your donation will make a real difference to the nursing and health charities supported by the National Garden Scheme.
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 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.
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.
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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