Wensleydale Creamery inspires Yorkshire RHS Chelsea garden

The Welcome to Yorkshire garden design.

The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes is to be the inspiration for this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire RHS Chelsea garden.

The aim of the garden is to showcase the county to the world and encourage people to visit the area to see its beauty first hand.

As well as a Dales landscape and traditional cottage garden, this year’s design by Mark Gregory features a stone bothy converted into a craftsman’s creamery where genuine artisan cheese production will take place.

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The Hawes creamery will be supplying genuine Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese-making artefacts to help bring this part of the garden authentically to life.

Yorkshire Wensleydale is the only Wensleydale cheese that is actually made in Wensleydale.

Its history dates back to 1150 and its unique modern-day taste is down to the skills passed down through generations of master cheese-makers and cows’ milk from over 40 local farms.

Other authentic elements in the garden will be the dry-stone walls which will be crafted from Yorkshire stone on loan from the Bolton Estate which will be returned there after the show.

A new artist’s impression of the garden has now been released.

David Hartley, Managing Director at The Wensleydale Creamery, said: “We are delighted to be joining Welcome to Yorkshire for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

“The Yorkshire Dales inspired garden will showcase the environment and history of cheese- making, and of course our famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

“We can’t wait for visitors to engage with our craftsmen’s creamery at the show.

“The partnership will provide a little piece of the Yorkshire Dales in Chelsea; the garden setting will allow us tell our historic story and showcase our much-loved Yorkshire Wensleydale.

“I’m sure the garden will attract lots of attention and be a valuable and memorable addition to the show.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Wensleydale Creamery to showcase this breath-taking area and award-winning cheese to the world.

“I know their passion, dedication and skill when it comes to cheese making will be perfectly complimented by the beauty of the garden.

“Visitors will be surprised and delighted by this year’s design and inspired to come and see the stunning Dales National Park and the Creamery Visitor Centre for themselves.”