07 April 2021

Fundraise by sharing your garden

Could your garden raise vital funds for Rennie Grove and spread some joy?

An enormous amount of hard work and love goes into creating and maintaining beautiful gardens all year round, and we are offering local Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire residents the opportunity to showcase the result of their labours as part of its Open Gardens Scheme – running from May to September 2021.

Now, more than ever, we are working hard to organise events to fund care for local patients with a life-limiting illness. The Open Gardens Scheme is a great way of encouraging the local community to take part and have fun at the same time.

Louise Hewitt, Senior Community Fundraiser, explained: “We know that many people have spent hours in their gardens this past year and that there are many beautiful sights hidden behind our garden gates. We also know from previous years that people love to visit local gardens to admire and be inspired, so we’re encouraging the owners of these hidden gems to open up their gardens for others to enjoy. It’s a great way to share your pride and joy and raise funds for local hospice at home care.

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“We’re looking for beautiful gardens of any size or shape for our Open Gardens Scheme in 2021. With restrictions lifting we are hopeful that physical events can take place, allowing visitors in to view these lovely gardens. But if you would feel more comfortable showing your garden on a video or would like to hold a simple driveway plant sale instead then we’d be delighted to hear from you.”

Gardeners also have the opportunity to club together with neighbours and provide a series of gardens to view. By collecting a small entry fee to view individual or groups of gardens, local people will be able to help raise funds to support others in need in their local communities. In previous years, gardeners have also held plant sales, raffles and sold tea and cake to boost their fundraising.

Louise said: “We’ll support you every step of the way to organise a COVID-safe, successful Open Garden event, helping with posters, flyers, signage and risk assessments.”

Please join other gardeners in coming together to raise much-needed funds for a great local cause. Get in touch at least six weeks before you plan to hold your open garden by emailing community@renniegrove.org or by calling 01442 890222.