Save Helmsley Walled Garden #oursecretgarden

#OurSecretGarden appeal

We have made it! We are amazed and delighted to have reached our target in just two months thanks to the wonderful support from all of you out there. The garden has been well and truly saved by our lovely visitors, friends, volunteers, local community and the wider gardening community far and wide – you really have shown us how much you care about this fabulous garden. A big thank you from all the staff, trustees and volunteers at Helmsley Walled Garden – come and see us soon – we will be open from the 1st August.

It costs £11,000 a month to keep the garden running with just two full and two part-time employees to support around 50 active garden volunteers. The garden is entirely maintained by volunteers, a number of whom suffer from disadvantage, ranging from social anxiety to learning difficulties – the garden is a valuable resource for all. If you would like to support us please click on the button below to make a donation.

Appeal Page


Opening in August

We reopen our doors to the public on Saturday August 1st. For the immediate future we will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am till 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm.

Regrettably, for the moment The Vine House Café remains closed. We will keep you up to date with any news on opening.

If you are buying a ticket, we ask that you book in advance for all your group including any with free entry. This is to ensure we can manage numbers and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Please click on the ticketing link below; select a day and complete the booking process. You will receive an email with your booking confirmation and also a QR code to your smart phone if you have one.

We will be releasing tickets two weeks in advance on a rolling programme. Tickets will be available to purchase from July 15th.

Please allow 24 hours for your booking confirmation email to come through.

There is no parking for visitors at the garden and only limited parking for Blue Badge holders. Please park in the Cleveland Way car park and make your way to the garden via the footpath.

If you are unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please do not visit.



Adults £8.00

Children under 16 free


Shop and Plant Centre

The garden shop will be closed, the Plant Centre will be open for card payments only.

Your health and safety is important and we do ask that you ensure that you are aware of the latest government advice and please follow our simple safety measures:

  • Stay within household groups during your visit
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least twenty seconds
  • Wear a face covering in any situation where you feel the required social distancing may not be possible for any reason
  • You will see our volunteers around the garden. They will be identifiable by their hi-visibility jackets. For your safety and theirs, please maintain appropriate social distancing when talking to them


We have implemented the following measures to help keep visitors safe:

  • Separate entry and exit points to the garden where possible
  • Limited toilet facilities
  • The Orchid House will remain closed


Frequently Asked Questions

How are you keeping things clean?

The toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis. We ask that you make use of the anti-bacterial hand wash available.

Which areas can we explore?

We have a one-way system in force . You will receive a map at the entrance and you will see arrows directing your route around the garden. We ask that you stick to this route to ensure everyone can visit safely.

Is the shop and Plant Centre open?

The shop will remain closed for the present. The Plant Centre will be open.

Can we use cash?

We ask for all payments to be made by card. No cash payments will be accepted.

Are there plenty of places to sit?

Yes, there are benches all around the garden for you to sit and take in the view, for quiet contemplation or to chat with a family member or friend.

Is there anywhere to have a picnic?

Yes, we have a picnic lawn with benches or you can bring a picnic blanket.

Can we bring our dog?

Absolutely, well-behaved dogs on leads are always welcome.

Can we smoke?

We have a strict no-smoking policy in all areas of the garden which includes e-cigarettes


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