Donations & Business Sponsorship

Urgent Support Needed!

We have worked hard to keep St Mary’s Secret Garden open for the people who need it during the pandemic, but it has hit our finances hard. Please donate so that we can keep supporting as many people as possible!

The past couple of years has been extremely challenging for the garden as it has been many of us, and with the pandemic ongoing the future is uncertain.

We entered 2020 with reasonable financial reserves but having to close our doors and reduce our services for several months while keeping the garden going has depleted these reserves. We are now urgently in need of funds to rebuild our depleted finances to ensure we can continue our services, which are now more necessary than ever.

Although we receive a small amount of direct funding for some of our weekly therapeutic services, the garden’s work is very dependent on obtaining grant income which in the current climate is very challenging and competitive. Many small charities are in a similar position as a result of the financial uncertainty of the past months. It is also very difficult to secure emergency funding or loans as an organisation without guaranteed income.

We have several funding bids in the pipeline, either already applied for or in progress but the process of achieving this funding is long and again, not guaranteed

We are asking for your urgent help to tide us over until we secure future funding.

This money is vital to pay our staff, keep the garden open, allow us to run our services and support our community!

Please donate if you can, every £1 will help us reach our goal! You can also Gift Aid your donation to provide us with an extra boost!

Please visit our Local Giving page to find out more and donate:


We welcome donations from members of the public who want to help us maintain our community garden. You may choose to do this by buying plants and produce directly from the garden or from one of the stalls we hold at local events in Hackney, or by setting up regular bank payments.

Or you can give online:

Localgivingthrough Localgiving: they help local charities and community groups to connect with people, fundraise online and take control of their future. You can get there  from every page of our website via the Make a Donation button.
through Give as you Live: when you shop at over 4,000 top stores including Expedia and John Lewis via Give as you Live, they’ll turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us. Sign up, find the retailer and start shopping.
WelcomeLogo-slice._CB517106660_ through Amazon Smile: Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice.

Business Sponsorship

St Mary’s Secret Garden provides companies with a unique opportunity to invest time and resources in the local community, ethically support local disabled and disadvantaged people and make a visible contribution to a greener environment.

You can:

  • meet your criteria for corporate social responsibility
  • provide an opportunity for your staff to engage in structured team building opportunities
  • provide an opportunity for employees to interact with each other in a non-work setting
  • contribute to the ethical, social and cultural values of Hackney

The time and money you spend with us make a huge difference to our work and enable us to provide a professional service and maintain a beautiful garden for everyone.

If this would interest your organisation, please download our Corporate Group Volunteering Interest Form. You may return the completed form by post or email to

Corporate Donations

Your company can donate to help us in our work.

For example:

  • Corelogic has funded a year’s ecotherapy sessions for disadvantaged people who have lost Council funding;
  • Linklaters LLP gave a Charities Aid Foundation voucher to cover a month’s cost for a full day/week social and therapeutic placement;
  • Deutsche Bank provided us with a polytunnel and the work force to erect it.

Team Volunteer Days

How about getting your team to help out in our garden with a specific project? Costs are £30-£35 a person per day depending on raw material costs. The work done can be tailored to meet your corporate requirements. Sessions can be quite challenging and can encourage lateral thinking and problem solving.

Examples of the sort of teambuilding work we offer this year:

  • Painting and treating structures in the garden
  • Greenhouse maintenance
  • Great garden clearouts – suitable for large teams who don’t mind getting grubby!
  • Non-gardening help eg ICT support and training, publicity support and training
  • Improving our woodland area
  • Repairing compost heaps

If this would interest your organisation, please download our Corporate Group Volunteering Interest Form. You may return the completed form by post or email to


Sponsoring one of the areas of our garden will help to cover vital maintenance and administrative costs. All sponsors will receive a plaque in the garden and / or publicity via our website.

Examples of sponsorship

Enable the garden to move towards sustainability – examples include sponsoring:-

Herb and Sensory Garden £100 p.a. will provide much needed seeds, new plants and support general maintenance.
Seed packaging and selling £50 p.a. will help us buy packaging materials
Flower Beds £50 p.a. will provide much needed seeds and support general maintenance.
Seating and Relaxation Areas £25 p.a. will provide general maintenance including protective painting.
Greenhouse Annual adoption contributions start at £250 for materials, including trays and modules, heating, maintenance of glass panes and cleaning.
Garden Signage Adoption contributions start at £50 p.a. and will enable our local community to get the most out of the garden.
Enterprise activities:-  
chutney and jam making
new ‘embryo’ garden services initiative employ us to look after your indoor or outdoor planting schemes.

Contact us for more details and to discuss your needs.