The National Garden Scheme (NGS) Northumberland, Tyne and Wear team are currently working with partners to fund raise for a unique Swedish inspired garden in Saltwell Park. The project aims to bring new visitors to the North East and promote Gateshead to an international audience.
Why a Swedish Garden? it's being build on the already strong cultural and trade links with Sweden and is a reciprocal gesture following the opening of NGS's classic English garden at Jonsered Mansion, Gothenburg in 2017.
Gateshead Council will provide the site. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Gannon is fully supportive and involved in the project. Maureen Kesteven and Liz Reid from National Garden Scheme Northumberland/Tyne and Wear will drive the project.
NGS is a long established (1927) prestigious charity that raises around £3m every year for caring and nursing charities. It is the biggest annual single donor to Macmillan, Marie Curie and Hospice UK and makes significant donations to smaller charities. Prince Charles is the Patron, Mary Berry the President, Investec has been the main sponsor for over 20 years and it is run by volunteers. This project will help the NGS to raise its profile in the North East - attract more people to open gardens and more visitors, thereby increasing the funds for the vital work of its beneficiaries.
The garden is due to be open in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, August 2019.
"Being Gateshead born and bred, with my business based here too, I am delighted to get behind and make a contribution to this local project. I think it is good to return something to my town and I would encourage others to do the same." Ian Watson, Owner and Chairman, Hadrian Healthcare Group