Reconnecting with our agricultural roots.

The ever changing landscape at East Riddlesden Hall is about to take the first steps in reconnecting with its' agricultural roots.

When Mother Nature is involved the harmonious working relationship between gardener and a larger force is one of surprise and compromise.


New fencing has been erected, with careful consideration about what the priorities are. In recent years’ sheep have grazed a portion of the fields and the highland cattle have arrived meaning that shift towards traditional grazing methods has begun. These graceful beasts are wonderful to watch, come down to the fields and see our new guests up close. The plans to create a hay meadow will put the Great Barn at the centre of the estate once more come harvest time. 

The Highland Cattle have just arrived here at East Riddlesden Hall, their new home.
Newly arrived Highland Cattle at East Riddelsden Hall
The Highland Cattle have just arrived here at East Riddlesden Hall, their new home.

The small stream which makes its way to the river has not escaped the plans.  Encouraging wildlife, aquatic plants, spawning salmon and trout, along with natural vegetation has been central in the thought process. To encourage more wild flowers and butterflies to call this area their home, a small fence now surrounds the area, offering subtle protection.  Next summer, natures hum of activity will be present.  


During the winter months the arrival of 500 metres of hedgerow will provide the ideal opportunity for community participation in the planting project.  Volunteers from National Trust places like Marsden Moor, Hardcastle Crags and West Yorkshire Volunteer groups are all on hand to help, however, more help is needed.  Planting the all-important hedgerow is the perfect opportunity for individuals and families to come together and experience what’s involved when working hand in hand with nature. 

 

If you would like get involved please email the National Trust team at riddlesdenvolunteers@nationaltrust.org.uk

Upcoming events

Plant it, grow it, eat it

Sat 26 May 2018
13:00-15:00
Have fun planting your own seeds and watching them grow.

Gingerbread making

Thu 31 May 2018
11:30-12:00
Experience tastes and smells of the past at these gingerbread making sessions.

Himalayan balsam bashing

Sat 02 Jun 2018
10:30-12:30
Our outdoor team invite you to roll up your sleeves, become volunteers for a day and help us give nature a helping hand.

Butter-making in the barn

Sun 03 Jun 2018
14:00-15:00
Do you know how butter was traditionally made? How long did it take? How was it stored? Uncover the history of butter-making at one of these drop-in sessions.

The wonderful world of herbs

Mon 04 Jun 2018
13:00-14:00
Discover more about the amazing properties of herbs and how they're used in daily life.

Meet the gardener

Tue 05 Jun 2018
14:30-15:30
Take a stroll with our head gardener and learn about the organic gardening principles that we use to keep the gardens looking at their best.