Richmond walled garden to open to public

The lillypond at Mr Yorke's Walled Garden. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden in Richmond will be opening for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday, August 19.

The 18th century walled garden, which has  views of Richmond Castle and Culloden Tower, first opened last August when over 600 visitors enjoyed visiting the restored gardens and quite a few slices of homemade cake.

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.

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Their Richmond estate included the house, stables, formal gardens, the walled kitchen garden, the Green Walk, Culloden Tower and Temple Grounds

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.

The current owners, Dennis and Marcia McLuckie, started restoring the garden in earnest about 7-years ago.

Marcia and Dennis McLuckie. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Using the now mature trees as a framework, they have created new beds, lawns and ponds as well as recovering the very long, wide border, which is now full of herbaceous planting.

Marcia said: “We had no idea what to expect when we opened last year. It is the first time we have done anything like this.

“It was a lovely day, like an enormous garden party, with visitors enjoying the garden and the cakes that friends and I had baked.

We raised over £4,000 for the National Garden Scheme charities.”

She added, “Since opening last year we have planted some of the fallow spaces and created a secret path through the trees.

“I hope people will come back for another visit to see the progress we have made. We love living here and creating the garden.

“We are very lucky – it is such a beautiful, tranquil place.”

When the couple bought the garden, it 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 and there is still work to be done!

In recreating the garden, Dennis and Marcia have kept the line of the 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.

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden, Cravengate, Richmond, DL10 4RE is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday, August 19 from 1pm to 5.30pm.

Admission for adults is £5. Children under 16 are admitted free.

Homemade cakes and scones, teas and coffees will be on sale and Sue Goodwill of Primrose Bank Nursery, Kexby, near York will be selling some of their quality plants.

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.

For further information please see the National Garden Scheme website or email