• Alison in front of the wreck of the Orchid House
  • The Cucumber House as Alison found it
  • Inside the Vine House
  • Lindsay's Border July 2005
  • Helmsley Walled Garden - View of the Castle


How the garden came to be

Welcome to Helmsley Walled Garden, a tranquil and inviting space nestling at the foot of the North York Moors. Built in 1758 the garden was originally designed to provide vegetables, fruit and flowers to the Feversham family at Duncombe Park. After World War One, the garden was leased out and became a commercial enterprise until 1982. It then fell into disuse and became overgrown.

In 1994, a local lady Alison Ticehurst, decided to restore the garden to a beautiful place for all to enjoy, and specifically as a place for horticultural therapy for those in need. Now it is a stunning visitor attraction, still changing and evolving and still providing a programme of social and therapeutic horticulture. The ethos of the Garden is to create a place where people can tap into the healing power of horticulture, or simply find a quiet place to sit and enjoy a stunning display of flowers throughout the seasons. The gardens are developed and maintained by a small core of staff with the help of a dedicated band of volunteers.