Latest News from the Garden

New Arrangements for Visiting the Plant Nursery and Garden

By Vanessa | May 29, 2020

The plant nursery has been open now since mid-May and the garden will be open to the public from 3rd June. We are currently planning to open an art gallery and gift shop in the tea room from 15th June.  To protect both visitors and staff we have put a number of special provisions in…

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2 for 1 offer for under 35s

By Vanessa | February 18, 2020
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We are delighted to announce a special 2 for 1 offer for under 35s to visit the garden this spring. The offer will be running throughout April and May during our regular opening times. Both visitors will need to be under 35 and will need to show proof of age at the entrance hut. We…

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Gold Green Tourism Award

By Vanessa | January 22, 2020
Green Tourism gold award

We were absolutely thrilled to be awarded Gold status for Green Tourism by Visit England. This is the top award available through the certification programme that recognises the commitment of tourism businesses to become more sustainable. This came hot on the heels of us receiving a bronze at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards…

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Moth Report 2019

By Vanessa | December 1, 2019
bedstraw hawk-moth

David Baker from the Butterfly and Moth Group continued his regular moth trapping and recording throughout the year, setting traps on 9 evenings. New species this year have included the many-plumed moth, small elephant hawk-moth, shoulder striped wainscot, cream-bordered green pea, shaded broad-bar, angle-striped sallow, rusty-dot pearl, bedstraw hawk-moth, featheres gothic, feathered thorn, brick and…

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What’s on in the Garden in August

By Vanessa | July 24, 2019
Chris Moss wire sculptures of poultry

August is sometimes a bit of  a quiet month in a wildlife garden as the birds have finished nesting  and many of the foliage plants have not yet adorned their autumnal colours. It is good for butterflies and dragonflies.  If  you visit the garden on a sunny day look out for  peacock butterflies, red admirals,…

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On the Shortlist for Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards

By Vanessa | July 3, 2019
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We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism category at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2019. We are one of just four businesses to have been shortlisted in this new award for 2019. It is lovely to be recognised for the hard work we have put…

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Fabulous Feature in the Yorkshire Post

By Vanessa | May 31, 2019
Front cover of Yorkshire Post Magazine

We were delighted to welcome the Catherine Scott and Chris Etchels from the Yorkshire Post to the garden recently. They were writing an article on places to visit in Yorkshire and resulted in us featuring in the magazine on 25th May. In case you missed it, here’s the link to the feature on the website. …

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Seed Sowing Tips

By Vanessa | March 19, 2019
Plant nursery York

Hardy perennials can be sown in seed trays, especially if you have lots of seed, the seed should be covered with horticultural grit and left outside in a protected place. They often need a period of cold to germinate and seed bought during the winter can be treated in the same way. Large seeds can…

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Winter in the garden: re-planting and tree pruning ready for 2019

By Vanessa | January 22, 2019

We have had a very busy winter in the garden,  replanting part of the garden as well as removing trees damaged by last summer’s drought. Several visitors commented that the area where we had planted most of our pulmonarias was boring in the summer! Certainly not so in the spring, but we have taken that…

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Moth Report for 2018 – Another Good Year

By Vanessa | January 15, 2019

Since 2012, David Baker from the Butterfly Conservation Society has been carrying out regular moth trapping in our gardens By the end of 2018 over 330 different moths have been trapped in our garden – some of them quite rare for the year. This is David’s full report of the 2018 recordings, one of the…

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