Gardens & Health overview and reports

The National Garden Scheme isn’t just about opening beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening too.


In 2016, we commissioned the King’s Fund to produce a report on the topic and began an annual funding programme to support gardens and health-related projects run by charities. A year later we launched our annual Gardens & Health programme to continue raising awareness of the impact gardens and gardening can have on everyone’s physical and mental health.


Our Gardens & Health Week in 2024 will run from 4 -12 May but we work to promote Gardens & Health throughout the year, linking service users from our beneficiaries with free garden visits and funding Garden & Health projects.

Find out more about our funding policy here

Gardens & Health Week

The National Garden Scheme’s annual Gardens & Health Week is dedicated to promoting the positive impact gardens can have on physical and mental health.

Gardens & Health Week 2024 will run 4th-12th May. Discover more about how gardens and gardening can be good for you.

Gardens & Health projects

In 2023, the National Garden Scheme gave £387,960 of the total £3.4 million charitable donations to gardens and health-related projects run by charities including Horatio’s Garden and Maggie’s.


Gardens and Coronavirus 2020

Our report on the vital role that gardens and outdoor spaces played – and continue to play – in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the nation during lockdown, brings together feedback from garden owners, viewers of their unique Virtual Garden Visits that aired throughout lockdown, and an online survey conducted in August. The report confirms that the power of gardens to do good has never been more important. 

Read the inspiring stories of our garden owners, whose lives have been transformed by their garden, and virtually visit some gardens that our Gardens & Health programme have contributed to.

Stories and Virtual Visits

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Our donations in 2023

Donor 1
Donor 2 £450,000
Donor 3 £450,000
Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £350,000
Donor 7 £350,000
Donor 8
Donor 9 £100,000
Donor 10 £90,000
Donor 11 £80,000
Donor 12 £281,000
Donor 13 £260,000