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National Trust
The National Trust cares for over 248,000 hectares (612,000 acres) of beautiful countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus almost 600 miles of outstanding coastline and more than 200 buildings and gardens of outstanding interest and importance. The vast majority are open for visitors and they are constantly looking at ways in which they can improve public access and on-site facilities. The National Trust is a registered charity.

HDRA HDRA is Europe's largest organic membership organisation. It is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. Three display gardens in Great Britain, at Ryton in the Midlands, Yalding in Kent and at Audley End in Essex.

Meadowscape comments
: Good section on "things to do in the garden", but site preaches on a bit for some. (You don't have to listen!)

Royal Horticultural Society From its foundation in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society has grown to be the world’s leading horticultural organisation. Their three flagship gardens - Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon and Hyde Hall in Essex - not only provide year-round interest but also demonstrate the best gardening practices, new techniques and exciting new plants to try in your own garden. To promote gardening even more widely the RHS has joined forces with over 40 gardens in the UK to offer free access to RHS Members. The Society’s best-known venture is organising annually the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS is also committed to handing down the benefits of 200 years of gardening expertise to the next generation of gardeners. As a charity, the bulk of the Society’s funding comes from its membership, which now totals in excess of 270,000.

National Gardens Scheme
Back in 1927 Miss Elsie Wagg of the Queen's Nursing Institute had the bright idea of raising funds for that charity by persuading people to open their private gardens to the public. It has grown to become a national institution, with three and a half thousand gardens, of every possible size and style, raising over a million pounds a year for nearly a dozen charities.

Garden openings are a beautiful and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Some people just visit the gardens for the home-made teas often on offer!

And always, at the back of your mind when you visit an NGS garden, is the pleasant knowledge that your money (usually around £1.50 nowadays) is going to help a whole range of good causes, from providing cancer relief to training National Trust gardeners.

 
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