Shandy Hall Garden
Those who love the sound of birdsong, and like to see grass studded with clover, self-heal and circles of daisies; who enjoy wildlife and walking through woodland, and want to watch a stoat, a buzzard or a tree-creeper, might enjoy spending time here. Not a show garden, but as more than one visitor has said, a garden Ďwith a good feeling to ití that is managed for the benefit of wildlife but aims to appeal to the many human visitors too.
Half the garden is in a former quarry (now known as the Wild Garden) with winding paths mown through areas of meadow among native trees. There are more formal parts to the garden, more traditionally arranged, with unusual plants in beds and borders. There are over 100 roses, mostly old, scented varieties, some of which are huge and spectacular, rambling through trees. Like most old roses they have one flush of flowering, so a visit in June is the time to see them at their best.
Shandy Hallís garden, created over thirty years by Julia Monkman, now owes its continued existence solely to the work of volunteers, (principally Chris, partner of the present curator) and about forty days of help a year from her small and much-appreciated team, who maintain the garden as a labour of †love and to contribute to the income of the Trust by visitor tickets and plant sales.
The gardens are open to the public (admission £3) from May to September every day (except Saturdays) 11am – 4.30pm, or by appointment. Bookings for special events or for private groups are welcome.
Each year we also open for Coxwold Open Gardens and for the National Gardens Scheme, when evening visits highlight our work on moth recording. Moths caught the previous night are identified and released and the trap is set for the following night. You are welcome to come and learn more about these beautiful and rarely seen creatures on these occasions.† Over 370 different species have been recorded in the gardens so far.†A comprehensive list can be found on our Shandy Hall Moth Blog.
See events pages for past and future dates, when we look forward to welcoming you.