Garden Open for the National Garden Scheme
2 June 2019
In June, Matthew Bradby, the QNI’s Head of Communications is opening his garden to the public, to raise funds for nursing and caring charities.
This is the third year that he has opened his garden as part of the National Garden Scheme, which was founded by the QNI in 1927. The scheme now supports a number of national charities including the QNI.
This year, the garden opening will coincide with the Garden Festival Weekend, 2-3 June, when hundreds of gardens will open around the country.
Opening your garden to the public for charity is one of the most rewarding types of fundraising you can do. I'm never going to run the London Marathon, but getting your garden ready for an open day also takes a lot of preparation, if you think of all the weeding, pruning, mowing and nurturing that goes on in the months leading up to it.
I've always enjoyed voluntary work and working with other volunteers. I guess it's all about doing something that you enjoy. If you can share that enjoyment with other people, and raise funds for a good cause at the same time, everyone benefits.
Last year's opening was challenging, as it took place in the middle of the longest drought since 1976 and also coincided with England playing Sweden in the World Cup. There was also a plague of caterpillars. I'm hoping that this year's challenges will be more easily overcome!
Visiting an open garden is a fun and relaxing thing to do for people of all ages. I'd like to welcome you on 2nd June and please - cross your fingers for good weather.Matthew Bradby
Entry on the door is £4. Free entry for children.
Home made wine and other refreshments will be available and there will also be a plant sale.
All funds raised will be donated to the National Garden Scheme, which last year raised over £3m for nursing and caring charities, including the QNI.
Full information about the event is available on the NGS website.
For any queries, please email [email protected] .