The Gardeners Guild Charity of the Year
Each year we feature a horticultural charity to support by promote greater awareness and helping to raise funds where possible.
To date, over £2,500 has been donated to horticultural charities as a result of donations from members and the public. Members have also taken part in sponsored events.
Perennial - our 2018 Charity of the Year!
Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping horticulturalists. They help gardeners who are facing problems such as debt, illness and disability. They provide free, confidential advice and support for as long as it is needed. Perennial also organise garden tours - a great way to support the charity and attend a great event!
For more information about Perennial please visit http://perennial.org.uk/
During 2016 we helped raise £993 (plus £150 gift aid) for Perennial. For 2018 The Gardeners Guild is also a Perennial Bronze partner.
Other horticultural charities:
Our 2017 Charity of the Year was Greenfingers Charity. Greenfingers Charity is dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation. During 2017 we raised £447 for GreenFingers.
In 2015 our Charity of the Year was Thrive. Thrive is the leading UK charity that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities, ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulverable. We were pleased to hold a small member social gathering at the Thrive offices for a tour of their gardens. £798 was raised in that year.
Gardeners often design and plant gardens to create microclimates that help provide shade and retain moisture. TREE AID is a charity that helps people in the drylands of Africa to lift themselves out of poverty and protect their environment by planting trees.
People there live in some of the toughest conditions on earth and trees are essential to their survival. Trees provide nutrition, generate income and help to create a healthy environment. TREE AID works with local communities to help them protect and grow trees, for themselves and for future generations.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
During 2014 our Charity of the Year was Suzy Lamplugh Trust and we helped raise £288. Many gardeners work alone and over a third of our gardeners are female. Suzy Lamplugh Trust helps to raise awareness of lone working and personal safety.