Support us

Whether you are passionate about sustainable gardening, or simply value Knoll Gardens as a tranquil haven, we would like you to consider supporting our work. Your gift of money or time as a volunteer will be of direct benefit to our research and education programmes, and help us promote the horticultural practices used at Knoll to help everyone create sustainable, wildlife friendly, and truly beautiful gardens.


In addition to the Volunteer positions outlined below, the Foundation is also seeking new trustees to help it promote this ethos and build on the crucial work it carries out throughout the year. If you would like to read more about these roles see here


Why we want you
Are you passionate about gardening or our natural environment? Time to spare and want to make a difference? If so, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers to support the Foundations work within the gardens through a variety of different roles from Garden Guides to someone who can create a successful social media profile for us.

What’s in it for you?
As well as making a difference to a local, nationally recognised Garden in beautiful surroundings, this is a great opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds and to work as part of a small friendly team.You will learn a lot about why we garden the way we do, absorbing some of the techniques we teach in our masterclasses, which are part of day-to-day life here at Knoll. It is a short step to then using them to great effect within your own garden.

So if you are interested, the volunteer roles we currently have available are detailed below, along with our application form:

volunteer group june 2016Garden Mapping Volunteer

Native Plant Survey Volunteer

Plant Centre Volunteer

Plant Curatorial Volunteer

Application form

Become a Friend of the Knoll Gardens Foundation

Becoming one of our ‘Friends’ will help us to further develop our valuable work in the garden. There are two options available:


Be our Friend
For just £40 you can become a Friend of the Knoll Gardens Foundation. You and a family member will then have free access to the garden for one year. You will also receive a regular newsletter.

Become a Friend for Life
The donations we receive from our Friends for Life will allow us to invest in our long-term development. The cost is £250 for a person over 60 years of age, or £350 for a person under 60 years of age. In return for your commitment, as a Friend for Life you and your family member will have free access to the garden for your lifetime, receive our newsletter and have your name recorded for posterity in our Friends’ Garden Donation book.

It’s easy to become a Friend – simply complete our Membership Form to receive our welcome newsletter and your privilege admission card. Just download, complete and return our Membership Form 

Make a Donation

The Knoll Gardens Foundation relies on the generosity of its supporters for its future, and individual donations and bequests will play a huge role in its long-term success.

Whilst unrestricted donations and bequests towards the main endowment fund are the most helpful, it is possible to donate to specific projects. Currently these include, building an outdoor classroom, labeling and planting plans, cataloguing and database creation, interpretation boards, ongoing plant research and trials.

It is also possible to make in memoriam gifts in lieu of funeral flowers, and by contributing to our living plant collections, help maintain the gardens for future generations.

Alternatively why not consider setting up a standing order to make a regular donation? Even £5 a month would be a huge help to the Foundation.
Please do contact us if you would like any help, or to discuss a particular project or area of donation. Email:     Call: 01202 873931

Make a gift in your Will

If you are passionate about sustainable gardening and helping us to maintain Knoll Gardens for future generations, then we hope you will consider a gift to The Knoll Gardens Foundation in your will.

We recognise that loved ones will of course come first in your legacy plans, but just a small gift can make such a big difference to our work. All our legacy income is spent on direct project work and not used for administration.

There are a number of different types of legacy:
Residuary legacy: Where part, or all, of your estate (after debts, funeral costs and pecuniary gifts are paid)
is bequeathed to the Knoll Gardens Foundation.
Pecuniary legacy: Where you leave a specific sum to the Knoll Gardens Foundation. This can be index-linked to safeguard its future value.
Specific legacy: This is where a particular item, such as a piece of jewellery or an antique, is left to the Knoll Gardens Foundation to be used or sold.
If you are worried about providing for your family but want to ensure that the Knoll Gardens Foundation benefits in the longer term, a reversionary legacy, allows you to leave assets to a named individual for their lifetime with the balance coming to the Knoll Gardens Foundation after their death. View our legacy leaflet here.

What do I do next?
If you have decided that you would like to support the Knoll Gardens Foundation in your will, it would help us greatly if you could let us know. Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be passed on to any other organisation. Please note that it is entirely up to you whether you provide us with any details of your proposed legacy.

To include us, just make a note of following details for your solicitor:

  • Charity Name: The Knoll Gardens Foundation
  • Registered Charity number 1159390.
  • Registered Address:

The Knoll Gardens Foundation
Stapehill Road,
BH21 7ND

If you would like to inform us that you have remembered us in your will, or if you have any questions, please phone: 01202 873931 or

For further help or information about making a will, we suggest you visit where you’ll find lots of useful guidance on the topic.

Gift Aid

Under the Gift Aid scheme, charities can reclaim an extra 25% in tax on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.

We are not permitted to reclaim Gift Aid on donations made in return for goods, rights and services (e.g. tickets to events, raffles or auctions), as they are not ‘freewill’ gifts. If we decide a donation has been marked as ‘Gift Aid’ incorrectly, we will need to refund it to the donor.

What do I have to do?
When you donate, you will be asked to confirm whether or not you are a UK taxpayer. Please note that tax can only be reclaimed on donations made by individuals who pay UK income or capital gains tax at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for the current or relevant tax year.

Please notify the charity if you:

  • Want to cancel this declaration
  • Change your name or home address
  • No longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains.

Benefits to higher-rate taxpayers
If you pay tax at the higher rate, you can reclaim tax relief on your gross donation at 20% (ie the difference between the higher rate of tax at 40% and the basic rate at 20%).
If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

What if I am not a UK taxpayer?
The Gift Aid scheme is unique to the UK. If you are not a UK taxpayer, you can still make a donation, but your donation will not attract Gift Aid. More information about the Government’s Gift Aid scheme: