Our gardens are reopening


National Garden Scheme announces the reopening of gardens in England to visitors
All funds raised will go to the charity’s Help Support Our Nurses campaign 

The National Garden Scheme is delighted to announce that its gardens in England will begin to reopen from the weekend of 6th-7th June. Currently all gardens in Wales remain closed, although we are in correspondence with the office of the First Minister. 

In order to comply with social distancing and other Government guidelines, all gardens will open in a system of pre-purchased tickets for a timed slot at the visitor’s garden of choice. Tickets must be purchased via the National Garden Scheme website. 

Numbers of visitors per timed slot will vary from garden to garden, depending on size. These and all other relevant details can be found at a garden’s entry on the website. 

Gardens will not offer teas or other refreshments, at some gardens where there is sufficient space, people will be allowed to bring their own picnics. All buildings will be closed and access to toilets will only be provided in an emergency and so long as it does not involve access to a house. 

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme comments, We are delighted that we are able to open the gates of some of our gardens in England and welcome people. Right now our gardens are blossoming into their midsummer glories and so it is wonderful that our garden owners can share them with visitors. 

For the current period the opening system we are having to operate is quite different from a normal open day when people just turn up and pay at the gate. At the moment entry is only by pre-purchased ticket and not all the gardens are able to open, so visitors need to check details on our website. 

While our gardens have all been closed we have run a very successful campaign, Help Support Our Nurses, drawing attention to the amazing work on the frontline of the Coronavirus crisis being done by the nursing charities we support. One hundred per cent of funds raised at gardens during the rest of 2020 will go to the Help Support Our Nurses campaign. 

While our gardens have been closed, garden owners have been making videos of their gardens which we have been posting weekly as Virtual Garden Visits and encouraging people to make donations. That library of more than 100 short films will continue to grow through June and be available beyond then. 

You can book tickets for reopening gardens by clicking here
To view the Virtual Garden Visits click here

Lead image: The Old Rectory, Pulham, Dorset

About the National Garden Scheme 

Founded in 1927 to raise funds for community nurses the National Garden Scheme has given away over £60million to nursing and health charities and is the largest single funder for many of its beneficiaries. The money is raised through the opening of exceptional gardens across England and Wales. In 2019 the gardens raised £4 million. In 2020, 3,700 gardens were scheduled to open, but the current lockdown means that their gates have been closed for the first time in the charity’s history. 

 Queen’s Nurse Quote:  
“I love the National Garden Scheme which has been the most brilliant supporter of Queen’s Nurses like me. It was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute which makes me very proud. As we battle Coronavirus on the front line in the community, knowing we have their support is a real comfort.”
For image to accompany this quote https://bit.ly/NGSNursingImages  

For more information please contact: 

Vicky Flynn, Communications Manager [email protected] 07980 135909 





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