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Our third trip of 2008 is the final one of three full day outings planned in co-operation with Adrian Thomas of Burley-in-Wharfedale who so ably organised our last trip of 2007.

This is to Helmsley Walled Gardens which is a beautiful five acre walled garden in the heart of North Yorkshire, England. Dating from 1758, and set against the spectacular backdrop of Helmsley Castle in the grounds of Duncombe Park, the garden is gradually being restored to its former glory. Originally built to supply the Duncombe estate with fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, it was abandoned in the 1970's until, in 1994 extensive restoration was started to bring it back to life as a fully working kitchen garden.

 

The walls have now been refurnished with fruit trees, including special collections of 52 Yorkshire apples and 34 Victorian vines, and over 250 clematis varieties, and restoration work has been completed on the garden's centre piece, the Orchid House.

A lunch is available and included in the cost.

After some time here, we move on to the Yorkshire Lavender Farm near York, the North of England's Premier Lavender Farm, Gardens and Herb Nursery set in a spectacular hillside farm of nearly 60 acres, within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  We have hundreds of different lavender and herbs for sale, EJ's Tea Room/Restaurant to enjoy delicious food, a Gift Shop brimming with lavender and herb products, a parkland walk and many new garden design features.  Our panoramic view over the Vale of York is said to be one of the best in Yorkshire!

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