Susan Copeland receives MBE

For her work with the National Garden Scheme, Susan Copeland was awarded an MBE in The King’s first Birthday Honours List at her investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Susan Copeland receiving her MBE

Copeland first opened her garden in Essex for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) in 1996. The former Trustee and Regional Chair, served 9 years on the Board and is currently continuing in her role as Essex County Organiser.

One of her many NGS achievements will be her success at identifying new types of garden to open to the public. Soon after taking over as County Organiser in 2007, she championed for the inclusion of smaller gardens which resonated more with (younger) visitors. In doing so, Copeland kick-started the small garden movement across the scheme and group openings across the counties. She also initiated the concept of ‘Pop-Up’ garden openings which are now popular throughout the country.

Commenting on her MBE, Susan said: “I am honoured to receive this MBE award as I hope it will help to highlight the wonderful work of all the National Garden Scheme volunteers around the country who support our efforts to raise funds for nursing and health charities.”

In his letter of commendation which accompanied Susan’s nomination, National Garden Scheme Chief Executive George Plumptre wrote; “For fifteen years Susan has shown extraordinary commitment in her voluntary work for the National Garden Scheme… The principal qualities needed to be a County Organiser are efficiency, energy and enthusiasm, all of which Susan has in spades. By tirelessly supporting and promoting the voluntary contributions of all her teams and the owners of the gardens that open, Susan has demonstrated that community lies at the heart of the National Garden Scheme and in this she will leave a lasting impact.”

The King, as Prince of Wales, has been patron of the National Garden Scheme since 2002.