The organisers of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show and garden festival – have announced their charity partner for this year’s event at Ingliston.


NSPCC Scotland has been selected as the garden festival’s charity partner for the second year running after a very successful inaugural year in 2016.  Gardening Scotland will be pledging £1 to the charity from every ticket sold in March – a month which includes Mothering Sunday and the official start of British Summer Time.

Now in its 18th year, Gardening Scotland – the nation’s premier gardening event – will take place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston. Over the coming months the event’s organisers will help to raise awareness of NSPCC Scotland’s crucial work supporting vulnerable children.

To showcase the partnership at the event itself, NSPCC Scotland will be organising lots of fun activities for children and their parents, such as a flower-themed treasure hunt, face-painting, games and prizes, as well as photograph opportunities and a social media competition.

Gardening Scotland’s Show Organiser, Martin Dare said:

“Gardening Scotland is itself a charity and we are proud of the work we do to support other Scottish charities which are doing fantastic things in and around our local communities.  NSPCC Scotland does vital work in the prevention of child abuse as well as providing crucial support to vulnerable children who have been mistreated, which is why we’ve chosen to partner with them once again.

“We all know that gardening assists with the physical and mental health of people of all ages and we believe there are real benefits for children in exploring gardening and green spaces.

“One of the many attractions of Gardening Scotland is that children go free.  Every year we welcome thousands of children to the show in school parties and with their families and friends – they always flock to the Big Back Garden which has a variety of play and grow-your-own areas, beekeeping, woodland and nature displays. It’s always highly gratifying to see how much fun they have at Gardening Scotland and how much they learn about the great outdoors.”

Deborah Quinn, NSPCC Scotland corporate fundraising executive, said: “We are overjoyed to be Gardening Scotland’s charity partner for the second year running. It’s a fantastic event to be part of with a brilliant family atmosphere.

“We are very grateful to be given the opportunity at this event to spread awareness of our campaigns and services that help safeguard children and young people, such as our PANTS campaign, which teaches children how to stay safe from abuse. There will be plenty of fun events in the popular Big Back Garden for all the family over the weekend.

“We would like to thank Gardening Scotland for generously donating £1 from every ticket sale purchased in March to the NSPCC. We are like-minded organisations both believing in the importance of creating happy childhoods, and hope to create some lovely memories for those attending again this year”



About Gardening Scotland

  • Gardening Scotland takes place from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June 2017 – it is Scotland’s national gardening and outdoor living show.
  • It hosts the biggest plant fair in Scotland, with hundreds of exhibitors, trade stands, gardening ideas and expertise.
  • Advance tickets cost just £14 and are available from the website or by calling 0131 333 0965. Tickets on the gate will cost £16 for Friday and £15 for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Please follow us on Twitter @GardenScotland, Facebook – Gardening Scotland and Pinterest – Gardening Scotland, and look out for a host of competitions as well as key news and information.
  • For more information about Gardening Scotland visit


About NSPCC Scotland


  • NSPCC Scotland helps children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, to protect children at risk, and find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. In Scotland they run highly worthwhile projects with P6 and P7 schoolchildren, helping them to identify various forms of abuse and how to respond if they are abused. The charity manages a therapy centre in Glasgow for children and families and also operates ChildLine in Scotland from bases in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

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