Representation of Wensleydale garden wins garden of decade at BBC RHS People’s Choice Awards

The Welcome to Yorkshire garden. Photo: Rachel Warne.

The British public have chosen the 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire garden as the BBC RHS People’s Choice Award from the last decade.

The garden, designed by Mark Gregory, was a realistic representation of a Wensleydale cheese maker’s cottage garden set in the Yorkshire Dales.

Showcasing a buttercup meadow, woodland edge with native trees, vegetable patch, herbaceous perennials and wildflowers, it celebrated Yorkshire’s artisan food production, traditional crafts and natural materials, with stone sourced from the Bolton Estate.

The garden famously featured cow pats and scraps of wool left by passing sheep.

Carl Lis, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “We were delighted to support the stunning Welcome to Yorkshire RHS Chelsea Garden back in 2018 and are thrilled that Wensleydale was the inspiration for the BBC RHS People’s Choice Award from the last decade.

“Huge congratulations to the very talented Mark Gregory, his team, and all at Welcome to Yorkshire.

“This shows the value of promoting Yorkshire on the biggest stages, showcasing to the world what we have to offer”.

“And at the Yorkshire Dales National Park we will play our part in the recovery of the County and the Country as we move on from the effects of coronavirus to build a better place for us all”.

The Chelsea Flower Show’s Garden of the Decade award is drawn from a shortlist of the past 10 winning Show Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, also voted for by the public.