Another charity opening for community garden

By Barrie Hudson - 13 May 2024


TWIGS Community Garden is to throw its gates open to the public again in aid of the National Garden Scheme.

The community garden, based at Manor Garden Centre in Cheney Manor, is a resource devoted to giving people who experience mental health problems the chance to regain confidence, self-esteem and to learn new skills

The two-acre garden, created and maintained by volunteers, features seven individual display gardens, an ornamental pond, a plant nursery, an Iron Age round house, artworks, a fitness trail, a separate kitchen garden site, Swindon beekeepers and the haven, which overflows with wildflowers. 

It will be open for the scheme on Sundays 19 May and 21 July from noon to 4pm, with admission priced at £3.50 for adults and free for children. There will be home-made teas.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors it have donated over £70 million to nursing and health charities, and in 2023 alone gave over £3.4m. 

Core beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The National Garden Scheme is also passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens.

More information about the scheme can be found at and about TWIGS at


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