Tuesday, 17 May 2022
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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Helmsley Walled Garden: Re-opening update

FEBRUARY brought stormy weather but it didn’t seem to daunt our intrepid workmen who carried on renovating the Orchid House through Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. The wind roared around the buildings but amazingly, we lost nothing more than the odd small branch. 

In Duncombe Park next door, huge limbs have been torn from some of the trees so we feel doubly fortunate.

February meant that we welcomed our volunteers back into the garden. This month is very much about preparing the garden for opening in March. This will be another new venture for us, we haven’t previously opened this early in the year.

We want to be open because visitors are our biggest income stream, but also the events of the last two years and the seemingly unremitting awfulness of the news cycle have reinforced for us the importance of gardens for all.

Everyone benefits from time spent outside in green spaces. There is a growing body of research showing that even a garden visit of a couple of hours provides physical, mental and emotional benefits.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have gardens of our own have cherished them more and here at Helmsley, we have seen how people thirsted to be outdoors after successive lockdowns.

We are constantly working to develop the garden and build up the planting to keep it fresh for new and returning visitors. We also want to be more adventurous with the planting for early spring and late autumn so that there is even more to see.

Our volunteers are delighted to be back and tell us how much they have missed the social side of being part of a big team as well as the gardening. They continue to work their socks off. In the garden, in the kiosk, painting, decorating and general maintenance, all these things are done by volunteers. We are lucky to have them and they have our heartfelt thanks.

We are thrilled to be open again and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the UK and further afield.

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