Helmsley Walled Garden
Helmsley in North Yorkshire is the home to Helmsley Walled Garden. The original garden dates back to 1759. In 1984 the garden was abandoned and became derelict until restoration begun ten years later in 1994.
The garden continues to be maintained and developed by two full time gardeners and a group of volunteers.
We visited the garden for the second time in July 2010 and found the changes there had been in almost exactly five years since our first visit in August 2005 to be quite dramatic.
The herbaceous beds are much more colourful and structured and the vegetable garden has matured and also seems to have more structure. One half of the kitchen garden employs a raised bed system whereas the other half crops are raised in open ground. Unlike many kitchen gardens open to the public the one at Helmsley gave the impression of a ‘real’ working garden. A section of wild meadow had also been added to the garden and looked stunning.