Flying high over Wentworth Castle Gardens

Steve Williams and David White, Volunteers Steve Williams and David White Volunteers
An aerial view of the Victorian flower garden and Union Jack garden at Wentworth Castle Gardens

These aerial images of Wentworth Castle Gardens were taken in June and October 2018, during the time that the gardens were closed to the public. We wanted to show the tranquility and beauty of the site, and its constant surprises.

It had been a warm, dry summer and, when we came in October, the leaves were only just starting to turn. You rely on the British weather to be kind when taking drone footage. Several visits were cancelled at the last minute as it was either too wet, too windy or both! Wind speeds of less than 20mph are needed for safe flying and good results.

Stainborough Castle
An aerial view of Stainborough Castle at Wentworth Castle Gardens
Stainborough Castle

 

The project

During 2018, Wentworth Castle Gardens were closed to the public. The gardens were maintained by a small team before the National Trust, working in partnership with Barnsley Museums and Northern College, reopened the site in June 2019.

Brian and Liz Parkhurst, long-term volunteers who worked on the Wentworth archives, encouraged us to take the images.  They were good friends who have both sadly passed away since then. The purpose of the project was to photograph the gardens during the different seasons, something we would still like to complete.

The Victorian flower garden
An aerial view of the Victorian flower garden at Wentworth Castle Gardens
The Victorian flower garden
Stainborough Castle
An aerial view of Stainborough Castle at Wentworth Castle Gardens
Stainborough Castle

 

Getting above the trees

We wanted to capture views that placed Wentworth Castle Gardens in context, but also showed the landscaping and monuments from a different perspective. For example, to see the Victorian flower garden from the air is to appreciate its design and layout - and to wonder at the creativity of the original gardeners. By getting above the trees, we were able to show the wonderful vistas that the gardens have over the surrounding countryside.

Looking towards the Sun Monument and Stainborough Castle
An aerial view of Wentworth Castle Gardens, taking in the Sun monument and Stainborough castle
Looking towards the Sun Monument and Stainborough Castle

 

Flying drones

The drones we fly can take video footage, as well as still images. We both fly DJI Mavic Pros and Steve also flies a DJI Phantom 4.  They use Lithium batteries and can fly for more than 20 minutes per battery. Before we could fly on site, we had to prove we’d completed training with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and had the relevant insurance.

It was a privilege to fly around Wentworth Castle Gardens and capture these images.

The Sun Monument
An aerial photo of the Sun Monument at Wentworth Castle Gardens
The Sun Monument
" We wanted to show the tranquility and beauty of the site, and its constant surprises. "
- Steve Williams and David White
Looking down Lady Lucy's Walk towards Northern College
An aerial view of Wentworth Castle Gardens looking down Lady Lucy's Walk towards Northern College
Looking down Lady Lucy's Walk towards Northern College