Unveiling the 13th vista
When Rievaulx Terrace was created mid 1750’s, we believe that Terrace Bank woodland we see today would have been more regularly managed and therefore the tree line would have been lower. This would have created something akin to an infinity lawn, with far reaching views from the Terrace over the Abbey and the valley beyond.
As the trees grew taller it is believed that some would have been shaped to maintain certain views, and over time this shaping and pruning evolved into the vistas we are familiar with today. Although most of the vistas have been regularly managed, unfortunately about 30 years ago, one of them became unmanaged and overgrown and very quickly the vista was lost.
During the writing of the Conservation management plan in 2016, the Garden team set to work researching the views to establish were the elusive missing vista could be. With the use of old photos, and the inspection of the trees themselves, we were able to identify the exact position. Once this was established and consent was given from Natural England the work on the vista could begin and finally on the 6th September 2018 the 13th Vista, and the view unseen for several decades, was revealed once more.