Thank you for your interest in the Friends of the Swiss Garden
Annual individual membership, £25
Annual joint membership, £40
Life membership (over 65 years), £250
Life membership (under 65 years), £350
Joint life membership (over 65 years), £400
Joint membership (under 65 years), £560
BENEFITS OF JOINING THE FRIENDS
Unlimited free entry to the Swiss Garden during normal opening hours*
Regular 'Clippings' Newsletter
10% discount in the Visitor Centre shop on purchases over £5
The opportunity to join the Friends' Committee, to attend the AGM, and to get involved with Friends social events in the garden and elsewhere
Friends may bring two children into the Garden free of charge. Any additional children must be paid for at the standard rate
NB, Friends must show their membership card to claim these benefits
* Excludes Airshow days, and some garden event days, when entry to the Swiss Garden is only available to those who have event tickets. Please see the Shuttleworth website for the dates of these events
If you would like to set up a Gift Membership, please follow the joining process as laid out below, using your personal details to make the payment, and including a note in the space provided of the name, address and email of the recipient of your gift.
HOW SOON WILL I GET MY MEMBERSHIP CARD?
Please note that the Friends group is a charity run by volunteers. We aim to process memberships as fast as we can but please assume that it will take up to 10 days to receive your membership card. If you choose to join online, you will receive an automated email which can be used as an interim membership card in the period before your real card is issued.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase your donation to us by 25% at no extra cost to you. This is tremendously valuable to us, and we therefore ask you to take five minutes to email us a Gift Aid Declaration.
HMRC Allow Gift Aid Declarations to be sent by email as long as they are in an approved form. An example is below. Please note that the email must include your first name (not initial), surname, first line of your home address and postcode. Please send your email to:
Sample Gift Aid Declaration:
I, Joe Bloggs, whose home address is:
1 Acacia Avenue
I would like the Friends of the Swiss Garden (Registered Charity No 1015724) to reclaim the tax on this and any other eligible donations or membership subscriptions that I may make in the future or have made in the past 4 years. I understand that I need to pay enough Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in each tax year to cover the Gift Aid claimed on all my donations otherwise it is my responsibility to pay any difference.
I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.
Please let us know if you change your name or home address.
You may cancel your declaration at any time by notifying us.
Higher-rate taxpayers may claim further tax relief on donations made under the Gift Aid Scheme.
Corporate donations and those made from Charitable Trusts or Foundations are not eligible for Gift Aid.