Richmond walled garden to open for Old Grammar School project

Sir John Betjeman Roses at Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden

An 18th century Richmond walled garden with views of Richmond Castle and Culloden Tower is opening for charity next month

Owners Dennis and Marcia McLuckie are opening their Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden to help raise funds for Richmond’s Old Grammar School project.

All money raised from the evening will go towards the £450,000 the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust need to raise before next March, when they will make a second-round grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration and repurposing of the school.

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Enjoy an evening in the restored gardens and listen to music from The Mowbray String Quartet and Susanna Pell playing viola da gamba. Wine and nibbles served in return for donations.

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden was built by John Yorke, who lived with his wife, Anne, in a 17th

Century mansion, which stood near the Green by the banks of the River Swale.

The 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.

Dennis and Marcia have created an individual, interesting and productive garden around the framework of these trees.

Marcia said: “When we moved here the garden was completely overgrown with brambles running up through the trees and along the ground, convolvulus sprouting everywhere and quite a bit of hardware to be disposed of.

“It was almost impossible to walk through the garden without shears or secateurs! It looked an insurmountable task, but we approached it a bit at a time and we now have a beautiful garden, although is still a lot to do.”

Dennis & Marcia McLuckie, in their Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden, Richmond

In recreating the garden, the couple have kept the line of original paths to show how the garden was laid out. There are now a long, wide herbaceous border, ponds, mature trees, standard and climbing roses, vegetables, fruit trees, lawns and grassy paths.

The garden was opened to the public for the first time last August when it attracted over 600 visitors. More work has been undertaken since then with new plantings and a ‘secret’ path through the trees.

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden in Richmond is open for visitors on Friday evening, 22nd June from 6pm to 9pm.

Adult £5, Under 16s free of charge. Wine and nibbles by donation.

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.

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden, 1a Cravengate, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4RE

More information www.richmondshirebpt.co.uk