National Garden Scheme: Marie Curie’s single largest donor

Since partnering with us 20 years ago, the National Garden Scheme has donated more than £8 million to help provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.  

The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Marie Curie for 20 years

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Each year, from March to October, the National Garden Scheme opens the gates to more than 3,800 beautiful private gardens for the public to enjoy. The entrance fees are donated to a number of charities, including Marie Curie.

We are lucky to be one of the largest beneficiaries of the National Garden Scheme, and in 2016 alone we received an incredible £500,000. This will help us be there for more families who need us.

Anniversary Weekend

This year marks the National Garden Scheme’s 90th birthday and to celebrate, they held an Anniversary Weekend on 27-28 May with more than 400 gardens opened for visitors.

Marie Curie Hospice garden openings: a blooming success

For the first time ever, Marie Curie Hospice gardens were also opened to the public this summer for a one-day event as part of the 90th anniversary celebrations for the National Garden Scheme. 

As well as providing recognition for volunteer gardeners who work hard looking after the gardens, the openings also enabled Marie Curie Hospices in Hampstead, Liverpool, Newcastle and the West Midlands to raise money and awareness in their local areas. 

The Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands saw the biggest turnout, with 300 people, including George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the NGS and his wife, visiting its landscaped gardens and enjoying a range of activities. Thank you to everyone who made our hospice garden openings a blooming success!

Cultivating wellbeing: The lush gardens at the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle provide beautiful outside spaces for the people and families we care for.

Show your support

Each year, you can visit one of the 3,700 open gardens that are part of the National Garden Scheme to show your support. Find a garden near you on the NGS website or buy the Garden Visitor's Handbook.

Visit the NGS website

The National Garden Scheme Bursary Fund

This year, Marie Curie is proud to announce that the National Garden Scheme will be sponsoring Marie Curie’s bursary fund for nursing staff. 

The fund, which is now known as the National Garden Scheme Bursary Fund, helps pay for Marie Curie Nurses and other clinical staff who would like to take on further specialist qualifications or university study in palliative and end of life care. 

The scheme aims to raise levels of knowledge and expertise among clinical staff and ultimately provide people living with a terminal illness, and their families, with the highest possible standards of care and support. 

We’re incredibly grateful for the National Garden Scheme’s sponsorship of the bursary. It’s further recognition of their long-standing commitment to helping improve the lives of people and their families living with a terminal illness.