Over 3,500 beautiful gardens throughout England and Wales open their gates every year on behalf of the National Garden Scheme. These gardens help raise vital funds to support charities including Parkinson's UK. Find out more about the National Garden Scheme on its website.
We were delighted to be the first guest charity to be named a permanent beneficiary in 2016.
Celebrating the partnership's 10th anniversary
In 2022, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the National Garden Scheme. Since 2012, the scheme has donated more than £1.7 million to support and fund Parkinson’s nurses throughout the UK. Find out more about Parkinson's nurses.
In the video below, Brian tells his story of living with Parkinson's and how gardening has benefited him. He talks about his involvement in the National Garden Scheme and how the money raised helps towards the vital service provided by Parkinson's nurses.
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 the potential to help with healthcare costs and should be used more in our health and social care system. Read the full report on the National Garden Scheme's website.
How can gardening help my Parkinson's symptoms?
Meet 2 people with Parkinson's who share why they love getting out into the garden and read our top tips on getting started.
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.