British Red Cross ‘Proud of your Garden’ Appeal

Whether you are a green-fingered gardener or a horticultural novice, the British Red Cross is encouraging you to enjoy your garden in the company of family, friends or neighbours this summer – whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause.

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Your gardening know-how isn’t important; what matters is enjoying your beautiful borders in the company of others as part of a new fundraising scheme called ‘Proud of Your Garden’.  Just host an afternoon tea, a barbeque or picnic – or be a bit more adventurous and organise a picnic, treasure hunt or garden games – and invite donations whilst everyone enjoys your hospitality.

Even if your garden is more backyard than bijou, don’t let it stand in your way!

The Red Cross has plenty of fundraising ideas and gardening tips from professional gardener Tamsin Westhorpe, who is editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine.

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Tamsin, who is planning a mini-sports day in her garden for her son’s friends, has created a few hints and tips to help you prepare for some alfresco fun.  Here are just a few:

  • Invite people over! Your gathering could be for close friends and family, only – or you might want to invite the whole street!
  • Think of different ways to raise some money and turn your event into life-saving cash: from raffles to plant sales, a tombola or quiz.
  • Find some willing people to help – whether they’re making teas, washing up or clearing the patio tables
  • ‘Plug plants’ – young individual plants, which are widely available at garden centres – are a good way to cheat and add instant colour to the garden.

By hosting a ‘proud of your garden’ event, you can make a real difference to people facing crisis around the world.

If you are interested in showing off your garden, apply for a Proud of Your Garden pack full of helpful ideas and tips here:


The British Red Cross is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which brings together 13 leading UK aid charities in times of crisis.


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