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Great British Garden Party Image: Sussie Bell, Sarah Prall
July 2023
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Whether it's an afternoon tea or an all-day barbecue, here's the inspiration you need for your Great British Garden Party

Dame Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme and the nation's undisputed Queen of Cakes, is championing the Great British Garden Party as it enters its fourth year from 15th-23rd July.

This fundraising event has been designed by the National Garden Scheme to share the nation’s love of gardens and get-togethers to help raise vital funds for their beneficiaries, some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Parkinson’s UK. 

‘As President of the wonderful National Garden Scheme, I am delighted to invite you to join me in gathering friends, family and colleagues for a Great British Garden Party this year,’ says Mary. ‘We’re inviting everyone to get together in their garden, green space or office and to join in the fundraising for the vital nursing and health charities supported by the National Garden Scheme; charities that so many of us, our family and friends often rely on in times of need.

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‘We’ve been so inspired by previous get-togethers and the ingenious variations on the garden party theme, tailoring events to suit the outside space available and to families and friends. Some party hosts simply threw open their garden gates and invited their neighbours for afternoon tea or morning coffee, making new friends. But your garden get-together could be anything from a barbecue or family bake-off, a picnic in the park or book swap in the office or even a plant and produce sale by the front gate. It doesn’t even have to be in a garden – the choice is yours and everyone can get involved.’

The official Great British Garden Party campaign week is Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd July, but you can choose any day across the summer (or autumn or winter) that is best for you. Talking Tables are once again the event partner and will donate five percent of proceeds from the UK sales of their Truly Scrumptious Ranges, including specially curated tea party kits. Joining the Great British Garden Party couldn’t be simpler. Sign up on the National Garden Scheme website, invite your guests and the National Garden Scheme event team will support you all the way. Gardens across the North East and Yorkshire are taking part in the National Garden Scheme, find them at

How to Raise Money at Your Event

  • Set up a JustGiving page to boost donations
  • Organise a raffle
  • Hold a plant sale
  • Create and sell flower crowns 

Find more information and the North East and Yorkshire gardens taking part in the National Garden Scheme at Talking Tables’ tea party kits at

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