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 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.
We won't need snow this February to build an igloo but when you roll up your sleeves and join our outdoor team with willow planting this half-term you'll be helping to create something even more special.