Walled garden hailed as one of UK’s best

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Helmsley Walled Garden has been hailed as one of Britain’s prettiest gardens, according to a new report in The Times newspaper.

The five acre garden, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, has been listed alongside Kenilworth Castle and Stourhead, among others, as one of the best gardens which are open to the public.

Garden manager Mike I’Anson said: “We are over the moon to be listed with gardens much bigger and more established than ourselves. To be seen as a top garden to visit by the Times reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone in the garden.”

Opening in 1994, the garden was the vision of local woman Alison Ticehurst, who wanted to create a space that would be beautiful to visit – but also a place of horticultural therapy.

Alison died suddenly in the garden in March 1999, but her vision for the garden was realised.

Today a small team of therapists help people to learn horticultural skills and encourage them to develop their potential.

Mike Belton, chairman of the trustees added: “Our horticultural therapy programme is free for users and supported through money raised from admissions and plant sales.

“Every person who comes through the garden gates helps us in our work and supports Alison’s vision.”

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