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

Upcoming events

Willow bird feeders

Sat 24 Mar 2018
Give nature a helping hand and make your own bird feeder to take home.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Join us over the Easter weekend for the popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. This year you'll be following a nature trail and searching high and low for clues in the garden.

Easter traditions

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Have you ever wassailed an apple tree? Join us to learn more about this traditional celebration of prosperity.

An Anglo-Saxon experience

Sun 08 Apr 2018
Join us this Easter to take a step back in time to the fifth century and learn what life was like for the Anglo-Saxons who once walked the grounds here.

Meet the gardener

Tue 17 Apr 2018
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.

Behind the scenes conservation tour

Sat 05 May 2018
Would you like to experience the morning ritual of opening up this 400 year old house? Join us for a true behind the scenes look. This experience would make the perfect gift.