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

Christmas wreath workshop

Sat 17 Nov 2018
10:30-13:00
Take a little piece of East Riddlesden Hall with you this Christmas.

Putting the house to bed - behind the scenes tour

Sat 17 Nov 2018
11:00-11:25
A curious look behind the scenes at how we prepare the house and collection for the big winter clean.

Voices for peace

Sun 18 Nov 2018
14:00-15:00
Gather together at the Airedale Barn to reflect on the importance of peace on the centenary of the ending of World War 1.

Christmas tree sale

Sat 01 Dec 2018
09:00-15:30
Create family memories when you buy a real Christmas tree from East Riddlesden Hall this December.

Indoor Christmas market

Sat 08 Dec 2018
11:00-17:00
Step into the warm, rustic Airedale Barn and be surrounded by fairy lights that trace the lines of the majestic oak beams. There’ll be lots of local stalls selling everything from scented gifts, handmade crafts, jewellery, local gins and lots more.