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National Garden Scheme Update - October/November 23

Thanks to our dedicated army of garden visitors, the 2023 takings of the Warwickshire National Garden Scheme look set to exceed £37,000, a healthy sum which will help fund the important work of our associated palliative care beneficiaries and gardening charities. These include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carer’s Trust, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK and Maggie’s

There may be garden owners reading this issue of Your Call who are keen to open their own gardens for these vital organisations but are unsure whether they would qualify. “The option of group openings if there are good gardens close together is always a welcome one,” comments Warwickshire NGS County Organiser Liz Watson. Village (or town) Open Garden events are always one of the most popular attractions within the NGS calendar. “I would say that the reference to friends saying how good your garden is remains one of the most important indicators. We always need a wide variety of gardens…new, familiar, walled, large, small, wildlife, formal, cottage or potager,” says Liz who opens her own garden in Kenilworth each year.

All of the criteria – along with some encouraging testimonials -  to help you decide whether to get in touch with a view to opening are listed in our helpful website at

For those readers who would like to support the work of the National Garden Scheme in other ways, Warwickshire NGS is always looking for volunteers to join the County Team which organises garden openings, please contact Liz Watson on 01926 512307 or

By Lily Farrah

Photo Credit © Lily Farrah
The Smitten family from Berkswell, well satisfied at the end of their first-ever NGS Open Day