Tiptoe amongst the Tulips!
Did you know that every year, usually between May and September, hundreds of mainly privately gardens are opened to the public?
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) - Gardens open for Charity - Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to the NGS (including from the sale of teas and plants); the only exceptions being in some cases they ask that a small proportion goes to a nominated local charity.
The NGS currently give away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities and they have given them in total more than £25 million in the last 15 years. Their office and overheads are small and most of the work is done by volunteers in their county teams and so currently more than 80p in every £1 raised at garden openings goes directly to their beneficiaries.
To find a NGS Garden near you to visit simply enter your postcode at NGS.