National Garden Scheme Partnership

Evidence suggests that the benefits of gardening can be huge.

Over 3,700 beautiful gardens throughout England and Wales open each year on behalf of the National Garden Scheme. These gardens help raise vital funds to support charities - including Parkinson's UK.

In 2018, the National Garden Scheme donated £185,000, our largest ever gift. All the money donated by the National Garden Scheme is raised through garden entry fees, teas and cake.

The National Garden Scheme is Parkinson UK's largest corporate supporter - our partnership has now raised over £1 million since 2012. We were delighted to be the first guest charity to be named a permanent beneficiary in 2016.

The benefits of gardening for Parkinson's

A report by the National Garden Scheme showed that gardening can:

  • reduce depression, loneliness, anxiety and stress

  • improve balance which can help to prevent falls in older people

  • alleviate symptoms of dementia

The report suggests garden access has potential to help with healthcare costs, and should be used more in our health and social care system.  

Visit a garden near you

The more people that visit a National Garden Scheme garden, the more funds they are able to donate to their beneficiaries.

Michelle's story - gardening and Parkinson's

"Things that I plant and nurture in my little garden have helped me to focus on the future in a positive way, which has made me feel back in control of my life again."