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Volunteers muck in at Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden joint volunteer dayHelmsley Walled Garden joint volunteer day

Volunteers from the North York Moors National Park Authority and Helmsley Walled Garden came together last week to help prepare the cornfield flower meadow for reseeding in spring 2018.

A total of 19 volunteers, nine of whom are more usually found carrying out practical conservation tasks on the North York Moors, joined forces to help turn over a large area of border that will be awash with colour by early next summer.

The support of volunteers is essential to both the National Park Authority and Helmsley Walled Garden, but this is the first time the two groups have carried out a collaborative activity.

Helen Marriott, a Volunteer Ranger who travels from Bradford once- or twice-a-month to help look after the North York Moors, said: “It’s fantastic to be outside, meeting new people, and contributing to the care of this beautiful garden.

“I’m used to working in much smaller groups, so this in an entirely different experience with lovely company and frequent cups of tea!”

Tricia Harris, marketing manager of Helmsley Walled Garden said: “Our Walled Garden is a special place, providing visitors to Helmsley with stunning sights and beautiful smells, all with Helmsley Castle as a splendid backdrop.

“Inevitably though, maintaining such a large garden requires a great deal of work, and that’s why we’re so grateful to the volunteers of the National Park Authority for mucking in and helping us prepare for next spring.”

Helmsley Walled Garden is open daily until 31 October, and celebrates National Apple Day on Saturday 21 October.

For more information on volunteering opportunities with either the National Park Authority, or the Walled Garden, please visit the websites.

Helmsley Walled Garden


Media contact

Nina Beadle Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

Email: Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit

Helmsley Walled Garden

1. Helmsley Walled Garden is a visitor attraction with over twenty thousand visitors a year. It is also a social enterprise using tourism to fund its horticultural therapy programme working with vulnerable adults with a variety of disabilities. The garden is open every day 10am to 5pm from 1st April until 31st October. Entrance is £7.50 for adults, children under 16 have free entry.

2.For more information about the display, volunteering or the Garden or for more images, please contact Tricia Harris on 01439 771427 or 0742 000131, email on or go to our website at