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

Where will your wellies take you this half term?

Sat 23 Feb 2019
10:30-16:30
There’s no need to stay indoors this February half term, we’ve got lots of things going on to keep your little ones busy.

Art Exhibition - Traces

Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00-15:00
An exhibition of art that connects lives past and present.

Silent disco

Fri 15 Mar 2019
19:00-23:30
We're excited to bring the unique experience of a silent disco to the barn at East Riddlesden Hall.

Ceilidh barn dance

Fri 29 Mar 2019
19:00-23:00
The 400 year old barn at East Riddlesden Hall is the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy an evening of dance.

Schools out for spring

Sat 13 Apr 2019
10:30-16:30
Dust off the winter cobwebs and feel the freshness of spring this Easter.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Fri 19 Apr 2019
09:30-16:30
Join us over the Easter weekend for the popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.