Open Gardens 2012


Welcome to our 2012 Open Garden Scheme

Air Ambulance BOB Open Gardens Scheme 2012 has exceeded the fundraising target set by last year’s scheme and has raised £48,478.31p for the Charity!  

The news was officially announced on the 17th October when the Open Garden Scheme Co-ordinators, Tony and Margaret Finch, invited the owners of the 63 gardens that opened this year to their home for afternoon tea at Farley Hill Place Gardens in Reading, a 17th century cottage garden which was also a brand new edition to this year’s scheme.  

Tony Finch said,
“With the significantly poor weather we have had this year, notably the high volumes of rain, the odds were somewhat against us matching the funds generated from last year’s Open Garden Scheme. However, the support we have had from the people who have opened their gardens this year and the work put in by the Air Ambulance volunteers has been invaluable in making Open Gardens 2012 the most successful scheme yet.” 

Open Gardens had of course celebrated its 10th Anniversary when the scheme commenced on the 15th April 2012, which only made the announcement of this year’s success all the more special. To have exceeded the funds that were generated last year, in excess of £40,000, is a remarkable achievement and will certainly help to ensure the future life-saving service of the Air Ambulance.  

Yusuf Firat, Chief Executive for Air Ambulance BOB, said, “Our Open Gardens Scheme is a major fundraising and public awareness activity for Air Ambulance BOB. It has grown year on year and we are ever so grateful to all our supporters and volunteers for their continued support and making Open Gardens a success. Margaret and Tony Finch have coordinated this scheme with great dedication and we are indebted to them for their hard work.  We also want to say huge thank you to everybody who took part and supported the scheme.”  

Tony and Margaret are now looking to mentor new coordinators as they look to develop the scheme further and make Open Gardens even more of a success in the future. If you would be interested in opening your garden we would love to hear from you or perhaps if you would like to be part of our group of garden volunteers?

If you have a passion for gardening and good local knowledge please feel free to contact the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance at or telephone 0300 999 0135.

Our Open Gardens 2013 will be available soon!