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.