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Yorkshire garden wins tourism award

22 December 2009

Scampston Hall walled garden

The Walled Garden at Scampston has been named Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Yorkshire Moors and Coast Tourism Awards.

Scampston, an RHS Recommended Garden, was one of 200 Yorkshire businesses to be nominated by the public for the awards, and beat four other shortlisted local attractions to win the category for attractions with up to 50,000 visitors. The judges commended Scampston as “an enjoyable day out which is excellent value for money”.

The Walled Garden has received widespread acclaim since the former Victorian kitchen garden was given a highly contemporary redesign by Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf in 1999. Among many innovative features are the sculptured topiary in the Serpentine Garden and a grove of katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), as well as a new take on Oudolf's trademark prairie-like drifts of grass using 6,500 individual Molinia caerulea in sinuous waves across the landscape.

The Walled Gardens are currently closed but will re-open to the public on Good Friday, 2 April 2010.


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