Richmond garden to open for charity

Richmond, Yorkshire , UK

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden in Richmond is to open to raise funds for Richmond’s new music festival, Richmond MayFest.

The event  on Sunday, June 25 will be opened by Baroness Harris of Richmond, a trustee of Mayfest.

Local musicians Trouvere will be playing in the garden, alongside Richmond-based young folk duo Evie and James.

Local artist will be setting up her easel to paint flowers and trees from life in the garden.

The gates open at 1pm and Baroness Harris will give a welcome to visitors with a little background to the history of the garden and to MayFest.

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden was built by John Yorke II, who lived with his wife, Anne, in a 17th  Century mansion, which stood near the Green by the banks of the River Swale.

Their Richmond estate included the house, stables, now the car park on the Green) formal gardens, the walled kitchen garden, the Green Walk, Culloden Tower and Temple Grounds.

Mr Yorke’s family mansion was demolished in the early 19th century, and the walled garden was later used as a market garden.

In the 1980s it was planted with a variety of interesting saplings that were to be grown on for sale, but many were left and are now mature.

The current owners, Dennis and Marcia McLuckie have retained trees and, where possible, the outline of the original paths, whilst restoring and redesigning the garden. The garden extends to over an acre and has mature deciduous and coniferous trees, shrubs, fruit trees old and new, lawns, parterres, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds, a stream and a vegetable garden.

The garden continues to develop with new hedges and more  roses added since last opening in 2021 and a summer house is in progress.

Marcia said: “There is still much to do – a whole area of uncharted territory still awaits our attention!

“We won’t pretend the garden is perfect and weed free – it is a lot to keep on top of between the two of us and Iris, who helps for a few hours each week, but we want to share the garden rather than keep it secretly behind its enormous walls.

“We also want to give support to local charites and opening the garden is an enjoyable way for us and our visitors to help. It feels more like a garden party than anything more formal.”

Next year will see the third Richmond MayFest, which started in 2022 and is now a registered charity with a board of trustees.

All money raised at the open day will go to supporting this growing Richmond festival.

Chair of trustees, Gill Page said: “All of us at MayFest are thrilled to be the charity chosen for this opening of Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden and are looking forward so much to a perfect summer afternoon of flowers, cakes and music.”

Mr. Yorke’s Walled Garden, is at Cravengate, Richmond, DL10 4RE. It is open on Sunday from 1pm 5.30pm.

Admission for adults is £6.00. Children under 16 are admitted free. Homemade cakes and refreshments on sale. Proceeds from ticket sales and refreshments will go towards funding Richmond MayFest 2024. There is no card machine so please make payment in cash.

There is no parking 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.

Also on June 25, the Original Richmond in Bloom Plant Sale is being held in Richmond Market Place on starting at 11am,#.

For further information please email or call 07740 927 608.