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Open Gardens

1st

MAY

2021

Your garden

1st May - 30th September

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Love gardening? Share the fruits of your labour with the local community and support St Helena Hospice.

Every year some of our green-fingered supporters choose to open their garden, invite friends, family and neighbours over to show off their Marigolds and maybe enjoy a slice of cake... or two.

We have a quick guide on how to host your own Open Garden, it includes tips and advice on setting up your event and promoting it.

If you would like to host an Open Garden, please sign up below or contact our fundraising team on 01206 931 468 or email fundraising@sthelena.org.uk

Open Gardens 2021 is kindly sponsored by Stowe Family Law
 

Covid-19 Guidance

Please ensure that before hosting your Open Garden you have read and are following government guidelines at all times. Please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus to read the latest advice.

 

Setting a date and time

  • What time of year does your garden look its best?
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to plan your Open Garden.
  • If you are taking part with one or more other gardens, find a date that works for everyone.
  • Will your Open Garden be over one or two days?
  • Try to avoid hosting your Open Garden on the same day as another event locally to maximise attendees.

What is the suggested donation for entry?

A typical suggested donation of between £3 - £5 per adult, and a reduced or free entry for children. Your suggested donation amount is up to you but will depend on what you are offering, for example if you are offering free refreshments, your suggested donation will need to cover the cost of providing them.

If you are holding an Open Garden event with multiple gardens, why not ask for a larger suggested donation that will give attendees access to all of the gardens? You can keep track of who has donated using tickets.

Refreshments and ways to boost your fundraising

Providing refreshments is the best way to help boost your fundraising. Why not offer your guests tea, coffee or a slice of cake for an additional donation?

Other things you can do to raise more money for St Helena include:

  • Organise a raffle - You can ask local businesses for raffle prizes, and then sell tickets at your Open Garden. Before organising a raffle be sure to read our guide to keeping things legal.
  • Create a sweepstake - We have a handy template to get you started available in our Fundraising Pack, request yours here.
  • How many things in a jar? - This classic fundraiser is a great addition to an Open Garden. We also have a template for this available in our Fundraising Pack.
  • Plant or produce sale - Do you grow your own fruit and veg? Why not sell it at your Open Garden!
  • Something special - Does your garden have something unique that you could utilise? Perhaps a model train or children's play area.

Health, safety and insurance

Your Open Garden event will not be covered by St Helena Public Liability insurance. We would suggest that you check your household insurance in the first instance to see whether you’re already covered. You may be asked to pay a small additional charge depending on your insurer.

Think about first aid provisions. 

If parking is limited please consult your neighbours or local authorities.

Promoting your Open Garden

Now you've planned your Open Garden its time to get the word out there! There are lots of way to do this but here is what we recommend:

  • Request a fundraising pack - in your pack you will find lots of things to help promote your event, including poster templates, bunting and balloons!
  • Create a Facebook event - Facebook events are a great way to let your friends know what you are planning, its also a good way to keep track of who is coming. Watch our quick guide on how to set up a Facebook Event and download our Facebook Event image.
  • Use our website - send the details of your Open Garden along with some pictures to fundraising@sthelena.org.uk and we can add it to our Supporter Events listings.
  • Local radio - Contact your local radio station to see if they can shout out your event.
  • Shop windows - See if any shops in your area will put a poster up in their window.
  • Local magazines - Are there any local or parish magazines you could advertise in?
  • Social media - Using social media is a great way to promote your Open Garden, most towns and villages will have a community page where you can promote local events.

Need a hand?

The fundraising team are here to help you plan your Open Garden, get in touch via email at fundraising@sthelena.org.uk or call 01206 931 468.

If you need help on the day reach out to friends and family who may be able to lend a hand and ask them to come along (promising free cake always helps!)

Terms and conditions

Health & Safety – public liability insurance
Your Open Garden event will not be covered by St Helena Public Liability insurance. We would suggest that you check your household insurance in the first instance to see whether you’re already covered under this, or you may be asked to pay a small additional charge depending on your insurer.
Covid-19 Guidance
Please ensure that before hosting your Open Garden you have read and are following government guidelines at all times. Please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus to read the latest advice.
Publicity
We will publicise your event in the ‘supporter events’ section on our website www.sthelena.org.uk/events
We would encourage you to promote your event, and also to contact the local press and magazines. We suggest you use social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook to help spread the word. If you need any help with this please contact us.

Please also use the downloadable resources that are available to you, which includes an editable poster template. View out downloadable resources at www.sthelena.org.uk/resources

Send us the details of your Open Garden along with some pictures to fundraising@sthelena.org.uk and we can add it to the events section on our website.
 
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