Most successful Festival Weekend yet

This year’s Festival Weekend is the most successful yet, raising an estimated record-breaking £320,000 for the National Garden Scheme – an increase of £16,000 from funds raised in 2016.

Held on 2nd and 3rd June 2018 and now in it’s sixth year, the Festival Weekend saw gardens open for charity in every single county across England and Wales earlier this month, and broke records for the largest number of visits per garden and income raised per garden.

Photo credit: Sue Sayer

The National Garden Scheme’s Festival Weekend celebrates glorious gardens in bloom at the height of the season and gives everyone access to private gardens in their area during one of the most beautiful months of the gardening year.

A huge variety of usually private gardens were open to the public – including small urban spaces, cottage gardens and gardens opening together in a village group, as well as impressive country house gardens and community gardening projects. Delicious tea and cake, a much-loved staple of National Garden Scheme garden openings, was also enjoyed by all.

Froyle Gardens in Hampshire is the group opening that raised the most, when they welcomed 1,000 visitors to nine gardens over the weekend and collected over £10,000. Visitors enjoyed  greenhouses, water features, vegetables, roses, clematis, wild flower meadows and courtyard garden, as well as teas served in the village hall.

The front garden at Long Barlands in Froyle, Hampshire

Chevening in Kent, which showcases lawns and wooded walks around an ornamental lake, is the highest-achieving single garden, raising a fantastic £6,000 and welcoming 1,100 visitors. Swallowfield Village Gardens group opening in Berkshire also had a bumper weekend, raising a personal best of £3,800 in what was their 13th year of opening – making their total donations to the National Garden Scheme an amazing £30,000.

Swallowfield Village Gardens, Berkshire

A huge thank you to all the garden owners, volunteers and visitors who made the sixth Festival Weekend a huge success – and raising vital funds for our beneficiaries.


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Our donations for 2019

Donor 1 £185,000
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Donor 3 £100,000
Donor 4 £75,000
Donor 5 £85,000
Donor 6 £85,000
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Donor 8 £500,000
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