Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme has donated over £60 million to nursing and health, and gardening charities since 1927.

Originally set up in 1927 to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme now raises millions of pounds for nursing and health charities each year. We also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, grant bursaries to help community gardening projects and support gardeners at the start of their career.

In 2020, we donated an initial £2.88 million, and despite the challenges of the year, over 72p in every £1 raised at the open gardens went straight to our beneficiaries.  In early 2021 we topped up our 2020 donations giving a total of £3.15 million. You can read about the charities we support below.

Click on any beneficiary logo below to find out more about their work.

You can also find out more about how we help and support gardeners and our Community Gardens Award programme.

Our main beneficiaries

Gardens and Health Beneficiaries

In 2020 we also funded the following Gardens and Health Beneficiaries


The Patchworking Garden Project £20,000 

Greenfingers garden at St Oswald’s £15,000 

Well Halton £75,000 

ABF The Soldier’s Charity £80,000

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Our donations for 2020

Donor 1
Donor 2 £425,000
Donor 3 £425,000
Donor 4 £425,000
Donor 5 £340,000
Donor 6 £370,000
Donor 7 £157,500
Donor 8
Donor 9 £75,000
Donor 10 £100,000
Donor 11 £190,000
Donor 12
Donor 13 £80,000
Donor 14 £195,000
Donor 15 £97,210