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 available here, it includes tips and advice on setting up your event and promoting it.

If you would like to host an Open Garden, please contact our fundraising team on 01206 931 468 or email or download the Open Gardens registration form here, fill it in and return it to

Open Gardens 2021 is kindly sponsored by Stowe Family Law

Open Gardens during Covid-19 pandemic

Whilst we acknowledge that these events are not currently permissible, we are hopeful that the Government Roadmap will provide guidance that will provide specific information about hosting outdoor events that will allow everyone to keep safe and adhere to up to date social distancing guidelines, or even be able to go ahead with no restrictions later in the year. 

Covid-19 Guidance

Please ensure that before hosting your Open Garden you have read and are following government guidelines at all times. Please visit: 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 here and download our Facebook Event image here.
  • Use our website - send the details of your Open Garden along with some pictures to and we can add it to the Supporter Events section on our website.
  • 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 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!)

Open Gardens not your thing? Take a look at some of the other ways you can fundraise for St Helena Hospice here. 

Contact Information

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.


To contact the St Helena Retail team, for enquiries about our shops, donation centre and house clearance service please telephone 01206 890 165.


24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360

SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists.

The Hospice

To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU

Telephone: 01206 845 566

Hospice in the Home

You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Colchester/Halstead team
Telephone: 01206 845 566

Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222

Day Therapies

You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Telephone: 01206 848 163

Fax: 01206 752 245

You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222

Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU

Human Resources

The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Finance Team

To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Volunteer Services Team

The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Media Enquiries

For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464

Patient Referrals

If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360

Bereavement Support

To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Learning and Development Centre

The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560

Service User Group

For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397

Facilities Hire Enquiries

01206 851560


To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.

Comment, compliment or complaint

Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566