The National Garden Scheme: Open Garden: Durford Abbey Barn, Petersfield

The National Garden Scheme: Open Garden: Durford Abbey Barn, Petersfield

A 1-acre plot with areas styled with cottage garden, prairie and shady borders set in the South Downs National Park with views of the Downs.
Plants for sale.
Partial wheelchair access due to quite steep grass slopes.

Open for the National Garden Scheme Sat 17, Sun 18 June (1pm-5.30pm). Admission £5, children free. Home-made teas. Book online at or pay on the day.

Refreshments in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Plants in aid of Home-Start Butser.

About the National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme was founded in 1927 by The Queen’s Nursing Institute to raise money for district nurses. Ever since then it has given annual donations to nursing and health charities totalling over £67 million. It gives visitors unique, affordable access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and raises impressive amounts through admission charges and the sale of tea and cake.
Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK. As well as the Queen’s Nursing Institute, our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and Parkinson’s UK.
The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2016 commissioned The Kings Fund report Gardens and Health Our Gardens and Coronavirus 2020: The importance of gardens and outdoor spaces during lockdown report was published in September 2020.

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