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National Gardens Scheme

Robinson College gardens are open for the National Garden Scheme from the 5th July 2023

For more information of the  Robinson College Gardens Opening Times click here.

For more information on the Guide to Robinson College Gardens click here.

Find us on Grange Road in west Cambridge. Parking is on street and may be limited.

Please report to Porters' Lodge on arrival.

Open for NGS all year from: 
10am until 4pm weekdays, 
2pm until 4pm Saturdays and Sundays,

Except when closed during:

The examination period (last week of April, all of May and into June)
Graduation Day (normally the last Saturday of June)
Matriculation weekend (first Sunday of October when used for Freshers' recreation)
From time to time when work by contractors is in progress: some parts, or occasionally all, of Robinson College gardens may be closed for safety reasons involving work by contractors and our maintenance staff. Ask Porters' Lodge for information.

Residential areas are all private with no access.

Wheelchair access
No dogs
No picnics
Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Occasional plant sales (weekdays only)

For queries call the Porters' Lodge on +44 (0)1223 339100.

The Guide to Robinson College Gardens is available from the Porters’ Lodge. This includes garden history, a suggested gardens tour and lists of the main larger plants and trees together with maps and photographs, including our outdoor artworks.

The cost is £5 each.  All net proceeds (i.e. after printing costs are deducted) go to the National Gardens Scheme Charities listed below:

*Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.

*Marie Curie Cancer Care. Marie Curie nurses provide care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in Marie Curie hospices, while offering vital support to their families.

*Hospice UK. Hospice UK is the UK’s leading charity for hospice care, supporting over 200 hospices.

*Carers Trust. Carers Trust works to support carers who are caring for family and friends.

*The Queen's Nursing Institute. The Queen’s Nursing Institute campaigns for the best possible nursing care for patients in their own homes and communities

*Perennial.  Perennial gives help and advice to those who work or have worked in horticulture and their spouses/partners when they face adversity or need

Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years. Our continuing support means that for most of our beneficiaries we are the largest cumulative donor in their histories.

More details of the charities supported:

Gardens Guide prepared by Dr S. Trudgill, Chair Robinson College Gardens Committee and Head Gardener, Guy Fuller, June 2015 with 2014 Tree Survey by David Brown, BSc(Hons) DipLD MA PhD MCIHort FArborA Landscape Architect and historical aspects from Dr Martin Brett, Desmond O’Grady and Cambridge Gardens Trust. Garden artworks captions by Dr Gary Doherty, Chair Visual Arts Committee. Photography by Steve Trudgill, Donald Richards, Nikolai Koval and College archives. Booklet designed by Nicola Jones and produced by Robinson College Development Office.