Saturday, 21 March 2020

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Dear Blogger

Message from Allison Walter, National Gardens Scheme, Shropshire.

The NGS needs visitors, even at this difficult time - the many charities supported by the organisation rely on the money we send in.     

Please visit Brownhill House Garden on Tuesday 28th April but sorry, no teas or loo!

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Update on the National Garden Scheme in Shropshire
At this difficult time when all aspects of our lives are being affected by the coronavirus crisis, I thought I would let all our supporters have an update on how the crisis may affect our open gardens.

I was heartened to hear yesterday that both the RHS and National Trust are keeping gardens (but not buildings and facilities) open for people to enjoy fresh air and open spaces - so important both physically and mentally at the moment.

Whilst it is the choice of our garden owners whether they open their gates, we remain very positive here in Shropshire that we will be able to welcome visitors to our gardens over the spring, summer and into the autumn.  There may be changes to our normal opening procedures: for example, we will ask for honesty donations rather than selling tickets; there will be no refreshments (unless they can be served without human contact) and garden owners may not offer toilet facilities; but we are all determined to carry on and to raise money for our nursing and caring charities, who will be relying on as even more now for much-needed funds.

If you are unable to visit one of our gardens, we have set up a donations page at Just Giving:  where you can make any donation of your choice.

We may even come up with some ingenious ways of doing virtual garden tours - who knows?

To keep up to date with cancellations and postponement of garden openings, please regularly check the website at

Thank you for your continued support of the National Garden Scheme in Shropshire and for all the charities we support.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you - at a distance - in a garden soon!
Best wishes, 

Allison Walter
County Organiser - Shropshire
National Garden Scheme