More than £7,000 has been raised by a special opening of the stunning terraced garden at St Michael’s Mount in support of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).
Visitors enjoyed exploring the island’s unique terraced garden was designed in the 1870s for Sir John St Aubyn, who later became the 1st Lord St Levan.
Dr Sarah Gadd from the National Garden Scheme said:
“St Michael’s Mount is a totally unique place, and we are very fortunate that Lord and Lady St Levan are such fabulous supporters of the National Garden Scheme. On behalf of us all, I want to thank the St Aubyn family for their generosity, which extends back more than 60 years to 1959 when they first opened their beautiful garden for our charity.
“Raising over £7,000 on their open day during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend was an amazing result and testament to visitors’ love of this very special place and its inspiring garden. I was amazed by the kindness of all the St Michael’s Mount staff who came in on a Saturday, which is usually their day off, to support our charities.”
The National Garden Scheme supports a range of beneficiaries from the income generated from private garden openings that take place across the country each year. This extends across healthcare from Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Parkinson’s UK, through to Perennial, the UK’s only charity to support gardeners and their families during difficult times.
Originally established as a charity in 1927 to support District Nurses from The Queens Nursing Institute, the NGS donated over £3 million to charities post-pandemic in 2021 alone.
Dr Gadd added:
“The Benefactors of the charity donations raised by wonderful gardens such as St Michael’s Mount, on behalf of NGS, will be close to all of our hearts at some stage in all of our lives, from Cornwall to Northumberland.
“In Cornwall, the charity will continue this vital work with the help of our garden owners for many years to come. A very special thank you goes to Lord and Lady St Levan for one of Cornwall’s largest single donations to our charity this year.”
To learn more about the NGS and future garden openings please visit www.ngs.org.uk
Further information about the garden at St Michael’s Mount can be found at www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk.