The National Gardens Scheme (NGS)

Registered Charity Number: 1112664
Guildford, Surrey

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Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme became an independent charity in 1980 and was made a charitable company in 2005. Its main activity is to help raise money for charity through opening gardens of quality, character and beauty to the public. For more than eighty years the NGS has established an exceptional reputation as the organiser of standout gardens being opened to visitors in order to raise funds for charity.
The charity is commanded by a Council of Trustees and managed by a Chief Executive leading a small team of employed staff and a large team of volunteers sourcing out interesting, beautiful gardens and looking after their openings. The NGS has a unique and simple fundraising and grant-making model where visitors pay to attend open gardens and to enjoy home-made teas or buying plants. 80p of every £1 raised at gardens is donated to the beneficiaries.
All the NGS funds available for donations are annually raised at the gardens. The NGS has no fixed assets or investments.
Most of the time, the owners of gardens donate the total amount raised (with very rare occasions where some minimal expenses are deducted) funds are raised by the gardens and the total net amount available is given away annually. The NGS currently donates around £2.5 million every year to most of their beneficiaries which makes them the largest cumulative donor in their histories.

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The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Hatchlands Park
East Clandon


Phone: 01483 211535
Fax: 01483 211537

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December 2014 December 2013
Total Income £4,023,655 £3,531,545
Total Expenditure £3,741,381 £3,607,640

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