Alan Gardner, also known as the Autistic Gardener, was the guest at an open garden event in Sutton Coldfield that raised £1000 for a host of charities, including our own.

Alan Gardner

The NAS Cultural Ambassador attended the event hosted by Jacqui Whitmore, her husband Jamie and their autistic son, James, at their home in Walmley, outside of Birmingham.

Alan, who hails from Sutton Coldfield, visited the opening to discuss the appointment of our charity as the National Garden Scheme’s new Gardens & Health Beneficiary for 2017. The grant aims to fund projects specifically looking at the link between gardens, health and wellbeing.

Visitors paid £3 to explore Jacqui and Jamie’s garden, where they could meander through the outdoor space from the wildlife pond to the chicken house.

The day was made possible by National Garden Scheme, who, since 1927 have been inviting garden owners to open their gardens to the public for good causes.