Wynyard walled garden to be opened to public

DELIGHT: An artist's impression of the walled garden at the Wynyard Hall Hotel.
DELIGHT: An artist's impression of the walled garden at the Wynyard Hall Hotel.

A HISTORIC walled garden is to be opened to the public as part of a £5.3m investment.

The Walled Garden, at Wynyard Hall Hotel, which was established by the hall’s owners, the Marquises of Londonderry, in the 19th century, will open on Tuesday, August 4.

The walled garden will be breathtakingly beautiful

Alistair Baldwin, landscape architect

Containing more than 3,000 roses, it is the realisation of a long-held dream of Wynyard Hall’s owner, Sir John Hall, and has been designed and planted by multi-award-winning Royal Horticultural Society landscape architect Alistair Baldwin.

“The walled garden will be breathtakingly beautiful,” said York-based Alistair. “Visitors will see a truly dazzling display of roses, in a design which pays tribute to the ancient heritage of the walled garden, yet takes it firmly forward into a new stage of development.”

The £1.6m development, to the north of the hall itself and within the estate’s 150 acres of grounds, will also house a state-of-the-art visitor centre, shop and cafe, stocking and serving locally-sourced goods and produce.

Thirty new jobs have been created by the re-development of the Walled Garden; the second stage in a rolling programme of work to create The Gardens at Wynyard Hall – which will eventually cover four acres and be one of the largest rose gardens in the UK.

The first stage, next to the Walled Garden, was the £1.7m installation of a Grand Marquee and management suite, for weddings and large- scale corporate events – and further stages will include a £2m investment in the creation of a cookery school, children’s garden and designated walks through the estate.

Property magnate Sir John, who grew up in a Northumberland pit village, said: “When I was a lad I used to watch my father grow roses in the little strip of garden in front of our cottage and I decided, there and then, that one day I would have one of the most spectacular rose gardens in the country – and this is just the start.”

Local suppliers and businesses have been deployed across all areas of the development, including the build, landscaping, fitting and design.

Allison Antonopoulos, managing director at Wynyard Hall Hotel, said: “It has been years in the planning, many months in the developing and will, we hope, give a lifetime’s pleasure to all who come to see it.”