Meeting - 19th January 2017.
Our first talk of 2017 was given by Dave Morgan from The National Garden Scheme.

He began by telling us about the history of the scheme. It was started when a Liverpool merchant, William Rathbone, employed a nurse to look after his wife. He raised funds to help provide nurses for the poor. This idea spread, and with the support of Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria, became a national organisation, the NGS.

The basic idea was very simple. Anyone with a garden will open it to the public, and the money raised used to provide nurses. This is where the origins of the District Nurse are to be found. Even after the foundation of the NHS in 1948, there was still a need for training, and the care of retired nurses. In 2016, the NGS gave over £2.7 million to various charities.

Dave finished his talk by showing us pictures of the many gardens in Worcestershire that are part of the scheme.