At a time when the National Garden Scheme’s open gardens are closed because of COVID-19, their Patron has sent a warm message of support.
The message recorded in the garden of His Royal Highness’s Scottish home, Birkhall, reminds people of the effectiveness of the National Garden Scheme’s fundraising and the importance of its support for nursing charities. Confirming that he succeeded his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, as Patron of the charity 18 years ago, His Royal Highness goes on to say, ‘the National Garden Scheme is a remarkable organisation, with such a simple but effective mission.’
He draws a comparison between the fact that when the scheme started all gardens charged an admission of one shilling, and that last year, in 2019, they raised a total of £4 million.
Praising the current programme of Virtual Garden Visits which the charity has been running while its gardens have all been closed, His Royal Highness goes on to talk about gardens and health, which he says is a ‘theme we all know to be so important.’
National Garden Scheme CEO, George Plumptre commented:
“We are all immensely grateful that our Patron The Prince of Wales has taken the time to give us such a warm and personal message of support. His Royal Highness’s love of gardens is well known, inherited from his grandmother who he succeeded as our Patron, and the various themes he articulates here so compellingly, from admiration for our charitable work, and emphasising the health benefits of gardens, will all strike a chord with our garden owners and supporters.”