Open your garden gates and help raise funds for hospice

Grove House garden.
Grove House garden.

A hospice charity is inviting gardeners to join its biennial open gardens scheme, which aims to raise enough to fund a nurse for a year.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is seeking all sorts of gardens across Herts and Bucks to open to the public during May to September next year.

Nicola MacKinnon, community fundraising manager for Rennie Grove, said: “We’re very fortunate to have around 30 beautiful gardens appearing regularly in our programme – but we’d love to expand our portfolio so that our supporters can visit new gardens as well as their old favourites. Gardens can be large or small, formal or informal.

“It would be great to offer several gardens in one locality so if you are a keen gardener and prepared to sign up to the scheme, why not see if your neighbours would consider it too?”

The charity asks gardeners to open their garden to the general public for a few hours, usually on a Sunday, during May to September and to welcome visitors in return for a donation to Rennie Grove.

Nicola added: “If you love gardening and are proud of your garden then this is a great way to showcase it while making a big difference to local families affected by cancer and other life-limiting illness. This scheme has raised over £30,000 in the past – enough to fund a Hospice at Home or Day Hospice nurse for 12 months.” To find out more, call 01727 731028 or visit