Take a virtual tour with the National Garden Scheme and help support our nurses

Wade Financial has sponsored the National Garden Scheme – gardens open for charity – in the North East, for seven years.  By opening their private gardens to visitors each year, owners in our region have raised tens of thousands of pounds for nursing and community charities.

The NGS was started by nurses (the Queens Nursing institute) and since its beginning in 1927 it has made donations of around £60m. Recent annual allocations have been around £3m. The beneficiaries include Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, and other smaller organisations – all devoted to nursing and health.

This year, the NGS is faced with a huge drop in income because gardens cannot open due to the Covid-19.  This means the charities that rely on NGS funding will suffer at a time when they need it most.

This is an unprecedented situation – even the Second World War did not stop garden openings and the NGS’ support for nurses has been uninterrupted for 93 years.

To give people the opportunity of seeing gardens they would like to visit during lockdown, the NGS has asked owners to make short films. Many are available to see on the website at https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits/ and there is the facility to make a donation if you wish.

These films of beautiful, very special gardens are sure to lift your spirits – whether you’re a gardener, a visitor or just looking for diversion while in lockdown.

As part of the NGS’ “Gardens for Health” programme, Mrs Patricia Clark, owner of Loughbrow House, Hexham has been filmed in her garden.  Now 93 years old, she has been opening her garden for 37 years and is testament to how gardening can help towards a healthy long life. We think you’ll find her inspiring – we did! https://ngs.org.uk/loughbrow-house-hexham/

We are very proud to support the NGS – and particularly now when funding for health care is so obviously needed.  Please follow the links – we think you’ll enjoy taking a virtual tour around splendid gardens, being entertained by owners who are knowledgeable and who are keen to support this impressive charity.