• Helmsley Walled Garden Apples

The Orchard and Fruit Collections

The Orchard

As you look out from the cafe seating area, the orchard of mostly apple trees together with a small range of pear and stone fruit trees is to your right. Here you will find specimens of Arthur Turner, Grenadier and Victoria plum. All these trees have links to the First World War: Arthur Turner was named by its breeder, Charles Turner, in memory of his nephew, who died in Flanders in 1915. The cooking apple Grenadier is named in honour of Maurice Knatchbull who died serving with the Grenadiers in September 1916. Victoria plum commemorates the holders of the Victoria Cross of which 628 were awarded in World War One. Victoria is a good eating plum and also makes good jam.

The orchard is under-planted with wild flowers, blossoming in spring which, together with the apple blossom creates a magical mass of colour early in the season. The wild flower meadow sweeps out from the orchard into the open ground in front of the White Garden where cowslips, alliums, yellow rattle to name but a few are planted amongst the grasses. The wild flower borders run the length of this area with a mix of corn field perennials such as corn cockle, corn marigold and corn flowers. Many fruit trees can be seen in other parts of the garden. The whole of the North wall at the bottom of the Garden was replanted in 2012 with a mixture of plums, damsons, cherries and red and white currants, all to be fan-trained as they grow. There is the display of step-cordoned and cordoned Yorkshire apple varieties around the Allotments. These are all old varieties that have either been developed in Yorkshire or found to have done well in Yorkshire over the years. You can find out more about all these northern varieties in the book The Northern Pomona available in the Garden shop.