Amanda Cooper, a member from Oxfordshire has been raising funds for SongBird Survival this summer.

Amanda Cooper

Part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS), Amanda opened her beautiful garden to the public for selected days over the summer, helping to raise funds for good causes in the nursing and care sector. 

Said Amanda " Ours is a small house in a tiny village, nothing grand about it, ANYONE can do this!"

At the same time as fundraising for NGS, she also chose SongBird Survival to receive donations in respect of the delicious tea and cakes she made and provided for her open days. 


Amanda has been developing her cottage garden since 2006, gradually planning and replanting, and benefits from a natural winding stream running through the garden as a valuable life source for both plants and wildlife including many garden birds.

Amanda Cooper garden at dawn

Feeling passionate about the plight of songbirds and the explosion of the sparrowhawk populations in her area, Amanda decided she wanted SongBird Survival to be her chosen beneficiary and explains why she feels the donations were considerable. "We opened on 3rd June and 2nd September, and had around 60 visitors on each day. The nice weather helped! I do believe in letting people choose to donate for themselves - I think you often get far more in donations this way, and as if to prove that point - visitors were extremely generous and we raised £230 from the collection box donations!" 

Amanda Cooper garden from top

She continues, " Gardeners are all about supporting birds, so we were onto a winner choosing SongBird as our charity!"

From all of us here at the offices at SBS, we would like to say a big thank you to Amanda for her support and wish her well with her future garden projects!

If you would like to find out more about fundraising and how to go about it, or would just like some ideas on what you could do click here

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