Blooming success for Norfolk open gardens

Over £100,000 has been raised for charities in 2019 by the Norfolk National Garden Scheme.

2019 was a very successful season for open gardens and a grand total of £112,879 has been raised for charities such as Macmillan, MIND and Horatio’s Gardens.

This is a fantastic achievement for the scheme as there were not as many gardens open this season.

A highlight for the year was £7,340 raised from gardens opening their gates by arrangement for groups that wish to pre-book a visit on a date that suits them best. 

As visitor numbers continue to grow they averaged 259 visitors per garden this year, plus income from refreshments and plant sales made a generous contribution.

County Organiser for Norfolk, Julia Stafford Allen commented:

“Our fundraising scheme very much relies on our generous garden owners and their volunteers who work hard to get their garden in peak condition, talk to visitors, bake cakes and serve tea. Without them, the National Garden Scheme could not raise the thousands of pounds for charities year on year.”

Since its inception in 1927, the National Garden Scheme has donated over £55 million to charities with £3 million being raised annually.