Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden to open to public

Mr Yorke's Walled Garden.

Richmond’s Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden will open for the afternoon this Sunday.

Funds raised from the opening will go towards the events that have been organised to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the commissioning of Richmond Castle by Alan Rufus.

The garden affords views of the castle to the east and to the west, Culloden Tower.

It was built around 1746 by John Yorke to celebrate the Duke of Cumberland’s victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden.

The estate was split up in the early 18th century and the walled garden became a market garden and in the mid-20th century it was planted with immature trees that were to be grown on and sold.

Many of these trees remain and form the structure of the garden as it is today.

The garden has been redesigned by the owners, Dennis and Marcia Mcluckie.

Grassy paths lead through the herbaceous beds, rose and vegetable gardens past three ponds and a small steam. Parts of the garden are wild with a secret path leading through to an as yet unreclaimed area.

Artist Judi Allinson, will again be painting the flowers and trees in the garden and she will have on sale prints and cards of her work. Judi works from life painting beautiful dales landscapes and she has also painted at the open days in M. Yorke’s Walled Garden for the last three years.

Judi said: “I enjoy painting in the garden on open days very much. It is lovely to chat to the guests and talk to them about the garden and my work.”

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden, Cravengate, Richmond, DL10 4RE. Open this Sunday, 29th August, 1 – 5.30pm.

Admission for adults is £5.00. Children under 16 are admitted free.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding Celebrate Richmond 950.

Homemade cakes and refreshments served by Richmond and Dales Soroptimists with profits to local charity, Just the Job.

There is no parking or drop-off at the garden.

Visitors are asked to park in Newbiggin, the Market Place or car parks at Nuns Close and The Green. The garden is on a hill. Main grass paths are accessible with a wheelchair, but they are quite steep.

For further information please email marcia@yorkshirecountryholidays.co.uk or call 01748 825525.