Some events planned for the summer of 2021 may be affected by recent announcements around pausing the lifting of covid restrictions in the UK and Ireland. Please ensure you keep a check on the restrictions in your area as you plan your events so you can make sure you are safe and avoid any breach of covid regulations.

Whether you're a seasoned or budding gardener, RNLI Open Gardens is a wonderful and inspiring way to get involved with your local community and celebrate our brave lifesavers. 

An RNLI Open Garden can be large or small, country or urban, round or rectangle. It could be a grand hall garden, a beautiful courtyard or a plant sale on your driveway. And you can decide whether to open your garden gates for all of your local community to enjoy, or whether to simply invite a few of your neighbours around for some blooming good fun!

140 lives saved in 2020

3,383 callouts in 2020

IN 2021, We need your help more than ever

IN 2021, staycations are increasing

Open your garden and you’ll be a lifesaver too. You’ll be part of our green-fingered crew made up of RNLI supporters, volunteers and staff, all ready and willing to open their gardens to family, friends and neighbours to save lives at sea. 

The money you raise from your RNLI Open Garden event will go towards ensuring our crews and lifeguards have everything they need to go to the rescue.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic causes some uncertainty but our priorities continue to be the welfare of our volunteers, staff and supporters and maintaining our world-class lifesaving service. While we continue to monitor the situation closely, please ensure that you always refer to the latest government guidance on Covid-19 in your area when planning or taking part in an RNLI fundraising event.

Want to know more? 

  1. 1

    Sign up

    Sign up to open your garden and you’ll receive access to your  RNLI Open Gardens fundraising pack. It’s full of helpful tips and resources, including special invitations and posters. 
  2. 2

    Prepare your garden

    We’ll keep in touch with you, sending tips to help you get your garden blossoming.
  3. 3

    Tell people about the event

    Use invitations to invite guests. For a larger public event you can use our Open Gardens poster to spread the word. Resources will be available once you've signed up.

  4. 4

    Raise lifesaving funds

    Ask your guests to donate to the RNLI and pay in your donations. The money your Open Garden raises will celebrate the bravery of our crews and lifeguards and help them to save lives.
RNLI wellies in a garden

Photo: Annette Rayner

Tools to help your event blossom!

Once you’ve signed up to give your support, you’ll receive access to our Open Gardens fundraising pack. The pack includes top tips on opening your garden plus access to our Garden Shed, which is full of downloadable posters, invitations and activity ideas to help make your RNLI Open Garden a blooming success. 

Join our RNLI Gardens Facebook group to stay updated and meet your green-fingered crew. Here we’re planting seeds and cultivating inspiration with garden images, tips and stories. 

Plus, our team is on hand to help you plan your event. Check out our FAQs page, contact us at, or by call 0300 300 9990 (from the UK) or 01 511 9834 (from Ireland).