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elcome to a handpicked collection of some of Yorkshire’s finest gardens. As a county we undoubtedly have some of the finest signature gardens in the country, from famous formal landscapes, to artisan creations and modern designs that redefine traditional spaces. Yorkshire’s gardens really are among the best in show. Not only do they have a magnificent selection of plants and highlight some incredible horticultural expertise, but they also host a wide range of fabulous events to make your visit even more rewarding.

In this perfectly formed pocket guide we highlight over 35 of the finest gardens across our county, from ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes to wafting lavender nurseries, walled gardens to small gardens, stately and sedate settings, all inspiring and all within easy reach for a wonderful weekend away. So whether you want a break in beautiful surroundings or just some time to explore some of the most photographed and written about landscapes in the UK, Yorkshire is sure to have a garden to excite and inspire you.

Gary Verity Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

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Get Back to Basics

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The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden

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Garden events throughout Yorkshire


Garden details in alphabetical order


Map and key


Introducing our Yorkshire Gardens App for the iPhone

Key Gift shop

Winter opening (full or reduced)


Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme

Children’s playground

English Heritage

Plant sales

National Trust


White Rose Award

Wheelchair access

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Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, Welcome to Yorkshire can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Information throughout this guide is compiled from details supplied by organisations or establishments concerned. No recommendation by Welcome to Yorkshire is implied by the inclusion of any information and Welcome to Yorkshire accepts no responsibility in the matter. Prices, dates, hours of opening, etc, were correct at the time of going to press. Readers are reminded that these details are subject to change and they are advised to check when finalising any arrangements. Please note the guide is not a comprehensive guide to all Yorkshire gardens and does not necessarily represent the views of Welcome to Yorkshire.


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Get Back to Basics Always wanted to grow your own fruit and vegetables? Gardeners’ World editor, Adam Pasco, offers a guide for getting back to garden basics By Hannah Stephenson Ever tried to grow tomatoes and ended up with a load of inedible misshapen green lumps? Well, you’re not alone. We might boast about how greenfingered we are as a nation and have our names on the allotment waiting list, but, judging from research, it’s about time we went back to basics as far as


growing our own fruit and vegetables is concerned. Despite the rising popularity of the ‘grow-your-own’ movement, the majority of the population is in the dark about what time of year to plant some of the most popular fruit and veg, according to research by Gardeners’ World magazine.

Onions and tomatoes were the vegetables people knew most about planting, sowing onions outdoors between February and June and planting outdoor tomato plants in May and June. Veg which can be sown outdoors from March onwards, depending on region (if you live in a cooler spot you may want to leave them until April) include beetroot, broad beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbages, leeks, peas and salad leaves.

Nearly 2,000 readers were asked about the best time to plant 20 of the most popular crops. More than 50 per cent of those surveyed either had no idea or were incorrect on 9 out of 10 fruits listed and 6 out of 10 vegetables. This suggests a great deal more support will be needed if the nation’s growers are to get the best results. Adam Pasco, editor of Gardeners’ World magazine, says: “It is perhaps not surprising that there is a great deal of ignorance about when to plant and grow, particularly given the 24/7 availability of so many vegetables and fruit in supermarkets.

Those who want to sow some early veg can do so indoors, with the help of products such as heated propagators, self-watering seed starting systems and light systems in which seed trays sit beneath a hood of fluorescent bulbs which provide the light needed for healthy vigorous growth. Pasco says: “Even early outdoor sowings made during March and April will benefit from cloche or fleece covering to both warm the soil and provide shelter from cold conditions, especially at night.” So take inspiration gardeners and budding allotment owners, and grow your own!

“Perhaps this is also a reason many people are not as successful as they might be when giving it a go, but with the right knowledge, the results can be sensational.”

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The research found that just 1 in 5 aware that October and November are the planting months, while only 30 per cent knew that the best time for planting blueberries is between October and March. People had the most knowledge about strawberries, with more than half getting the planting season between March and September right. Fruits which are best planted between October and March include apples, blackberries and tayberries, blackcurrants, cherries, gooseberries, elderberries, quince, red and whitecurrants.


The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden


ay 2012 will see The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden celebrates the rugged but beautiful Yorkshire landscape that inspired the famous Brontë family to produce renowned literary works such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. It represents one of the favourite places of Emily, Anne and Charlotte, where, it is said that they often came to sit and write their stories. A stone clapper bridge crosses a moorland stream in a little valley strewn with rocks and the remains of a dry stone wall. The heathers and grasses of the moorland tumble over the rocky landscape, whilst under the trees and close to the margins of the stream, delicate wildflowers grow.


Inspired by Yorkshire...

Visitors to the garden will be able to enjoy a hint of the wild Haworth moors, and will be able to see something of the beauty that inspired such great literary works. A few possessions left on a rock hint that the sisters are nearby, enabling visitors to imagine how they might have looked, or what they might have talked about as they developed their ideas for stories. The planting scheme will include trees such as Betula pendula or Alnus, Heathers (Calluna vulgaris and Erica tetralix) and

moorland grasses such as Molinea caerulea and Deschampsia cespitosa will provide the important texture for the garden, with the predominant colour being green. Wild flowers such as Lychnis flos-cuculi, Hyacinthoides non scripta and primula veris will add subtle spots of colour. The colour scheme will mostly be shades of green with odd spots of colour from seasonal wild flowers. To find out more about our Chelsea garden, go to: 9

Events April


Castle Howard 6 & 9 April Bank Holiday Family Fun Traditional Easter Fair

Hodsock Priory 3 May The Secrets of Hodsock history evening

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 1 April – 31 October (Daily) Mr Aislabie’s Garden Tour

Richmond Castle 21 & 22 April Medieval St Georges Day Kiplin Hall 24 April Walk with the Head Gardener Harrogate Flower Show 26, 27, 28 & 29 April Harrogate Spring Flower Show Spring Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 21 & 22 April World Heritage Weekend

Hodsock Priory May 2012 Hodsock Bluebell Wood

RHS Harlow Carr 4 May – 5 June Spring Craft Fair Beningbrough Hall and Gardens 5, 6 & 7 May Nostalgia weekend Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 5, 6 & 7 May Preparing for Royalty Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park 5, 6 & 7 May Sealed Knot Constable Burton Hall and Gardens 5, 6 & 7 May Tulip Festival 2012


Kiplin Hall 6 May – 4 July 2012 Fired by Nature - exhibition of ceramics Shibden Estate 7 May May Day at Shibden parks/shibdenpark Newby Hall 13 May Spring Plant Fair Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens 8 & 22 May Garden Tour Kiplin Hall 21 May Walk with the Head Gardener Thorp Perrow 22 May Spring Walk Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens 26 & 27 May Gardener’s Fair

Shibden Estate 26 & 27 May Spring Craft Fair parks/shibdenpark Harewood 29 May Jubilee Blooms: Floristry Workshop The Walled Garden at Scampston 29 May A Walk with the Head Gardener


Newby Hall Early June – 30 Sept Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition by Reece Ingram Goldsborough Hall 2, 3, 4 & 5 June Royal Weekend Castle Howard 2, 3, 4 & 5 June Bank Holiday Family Fun - ‘Animal Antics’


Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 3, 4 & 5 June A Right Royal Weekend & Time Travellers Go..Upstairs, Downstairs Harewood 3 & 4 June Jubilee ‘Street Party’ Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park 3 & 4 June Rhododendron Festival Beningbrough Hall and Gardens 4 June Grand Tea Party at Beningbrough Newby Hall 9 & 10 June Yorkshire Vintage Association Vintage Tractor Rally The Walled Garden at Scampston 10 June Scampston Spring Plant Fair Kiplin Hall 10 June Plant, Book & Craft Fair


Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens 12 June Garden Evening: Twilight Tour Oakwell Hall 14 June Open Air Theatre - Pride and Prejudice Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 16 June Open Air Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nurseries 16 June Conservation Day Thorp Perrow 16 June Romeo & Juliet Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nurseries 16 June All about Meadows with Ione Bareau Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 17 June Classic Cars Beningbrough Hall and Gardens 17 June Father’s Day Fun & Father’s Day Artrageous!

Peasholm Park 22 June Scarborough Spa Orchestra Centenary Concert Peasholm Park 23 June Shadows Tribute Band RHS Harlow Carr 23 June – 16 Sept Summer Arts Exhibition Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park 23 & 24 June Lace Wars Peasholm Park 24 June Centenary Event Sheffield Botanical Gardens 28, 29 & 30 June William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Harewood 30 June & 1 July Harewood Medieval Faire


Castle Howard 1 July - 31 August Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition – Roses by Paul Cummins East Riddlesden Hall 1 July Health through Herb Workshops Red House 1 July Period Garden Tours and Croquet Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens 3 July Garden Tour Sheffield Botanical Gardens 4, 5, 6 & 7 July Music in the Gardens, including 10cc Hodsock Priory 8 July Sword in the Stone Picnic Theatre at Hodsock Priory Kiplin Hall 10 July Walk with the Head Gardener


Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 14 July Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts Red House 14 July Guided Walk - Mary Taylor: Charlotte Brontë’s Friend & Inspiration

Shibden Estate 26 July RSPCA Dog Show parks/shibdenpark Peasholm Park 27 July Swing in the Park

Newby Hall 15 July Historic Vehicle Rally

Oakwell Hall 29 July Yorkshire Day - Ay Up!

Oakwell Hall 15 July Junior Festival of Brass

The Walled Garden at Scampston 31 July A Walk with the Head Gardener

Kiplin Hall 20 July Macbeth


Beningbrough Hall and Gardens 1 August Yorkshire Day & Our Horsey Heritage

RHS Harlow Carr 21 July – 31 August The Great Garden Adventure

RHS Harlow Carr 5, 12, 19 & 26 August Music in the Garden

Goldsborough Hall 22 July NGS Open garden Red House 23 & 24 August Enchanted Garden Activities Gallery


Harewood 11 & 12 August Games in the Park

Mount Grace Priory 12 August Pride and Prejudice

Oakwell Hall 16 August Open Air Theatre - Sleeping Beauty

Harrogate Flower Show 14, 15 & 16 September Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Shibden Estate 16 August Tudor Falconry Day parks/shibdenpark

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nurseries 15 September Poultry Keepers Workshop with White Barn Poultry

Peasholm Park 24 August Three Tenors

The Arboretum Trust, Kew At Castle Howard 15 & 16 September Wild About Wood Festival

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 26 & 27 August Get Georgian!

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nurseries 19 September Learn about Small Trees

Newby Hall 28 & 29 August Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – As You Like It

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nurseries 21 September All About Clematis


Thorp Perrow 4 September Flowers & Shrubs Tour Kiplin Hall 11 September Walk with the Head Gardener Hodsock Priory 12 September The Secrets of Hodsock history evening

Harewood 22 September Harewood Gold: From Hops to Ale Helmsley Walled Garden 22 September The Autumn Fair The Walled Garden at Scampston 25 September A Walk with the Head Gardener


Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park 30 September Rowan Earth Festival


The Walled Garden at Scampston 7 October Scampston Autumn Plant Fair


Thorp Perrow 4 November Fungus Foray Thorp Perrow 22 & 23 November Thorp Perrow by Night!

RHS Harlow Carr 20 & 21 Oct Taste of Autumn

Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park 25 November Festive Gift & Craft Fair

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 21 October Fountains in Autumn, Guided wildlife walk

Castle Howard 24 November - 16 December Christmas at Castle Howard

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 26 October – 4 November Enchanted Garden Harewood 27 October – 4 November Autumn Glory Forbidden Corner 31 October Halloween competition Shibden Estate 31 October Halloween at the Estate parks/shibdenpark 18


Beningbrough Hall and Gardens Dates through December Georgian Christmas Experience Forbidden Corner Sundays throughout December Visit Santa Clause

This is just a small selection of the many events taking place at gardens throughout the year. Please go to for more information.

THE ARBORETUM TRUST, KEW AT CASTLE HOWARD Castle Howard > York > North Yorkshire YO60 7DA > 01653 648598 Thousands of trees from hundreds of places set amidst a stunning landscape of lakes and ponds. With 150 acres to explore, and specimens from silver foliaged poplars, to Japanese maples, sorbus and Chinese larch, there is always something beautiful and unusual to see. Savour the delicious home-cooked food in our Visitor Centre café, explore one of our tree trails, help the children with their arboretum activity sheets, or even pick up your email on our free WiFi! Or... simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity, the flora and fauna, of this remarkable woodland garden.

Directions: North east of York, off the A64, follow the brown and white tourist signs to Castle Howard and see directional signs to ‘Arboretum’. Opening: Every day from 1 March to 30 November 10am–5.30pm. Last admission 4pm.

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BENINGBROUGH HALL & GARDENS Beningbrough > York > North Yorkshire > YO30 1DD 01904 472027 > Each visit to 18th century Beningbrough Hall & Gardens is a friendly, relaxed and inspiring journey. There is so much to explore; walk though pear arches and hidden gateways to reveal labyrinth paths through new apple trees; stroll along grand borders and discover hidden, playful woods. Visit the famous Walled Garden which supplies produce to the restaurant, relax in the Mediterranean setting of the Italianate border, soak up the sunshine in the south border or escape from it all in the peaceful American garden. Or just bring a rug and enjoy a cream tea on the cherry tree lawn and watch the clouds drift by.

Directions: 8 miles NW of York, 2 miles west of Shipton, 2 miles south east of Linton-on-Ouse (A19). Opening: From 3rd March – 4th November open Saturday to Wednesday 11am – 5.30pm plus open 7 days a week in local school holidays . November to February open winter weekends 11am - 3.30pm – plus extra Christmas opening (phone or check website for details)

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BRODSWORTH HALL AND GARDENS Brodsworth > Nr Doncaster > South Yorkshire > DN5 7XJ 01302 722598 > Brodsworth’s gardens are a plant-lover’s paradise. Whatever time of year you visit, there will always be something to catch your eye. Wonderfully restored to their original horticultural splendour as ‘a collection of grand gardens in miniature’ you can explore the magnificent fern dell, stunning displays of roses and immaculate lawns. New for October 2012 is the long awaited return of Enchanted Gardens. Enter a magical world for a bewitching night-time experience as the magnificently restored Victorian gardens of Brodsworth Hall are illuminated to become a place of enchantment.  See website for details.

Directions: In Brodsworth, 5 miles NW of Doncaster off A635 Barnsley Road; junction 37 A1(M). Opening: From 1st April – 30th September open Tuesday to Sunday 1pm – 5pm plus open bank holidays . 1st October - 4th November open Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 4pm. For winter opening times see website for details.

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BURTON AGNES HALL AND GARDENS Burton Agnes > Driffield > East Yorkshire > YO25 4NB 01262 490324 > Burton Agnes Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan stately home with award winning gardens offering; manicured lawns with more than a hundred yew topiary bushes and classical pond with a fountain and a pebble mosaic garden, Elizabethan walled garden containing three thousand different plants, a potager filled with herbs, fruit and vegetables, herbaceous borders, maze, jungle garden, a National Collection of campanulas and a woodland walk with wildlife sculptures.

Directions: On the A614 York to Bridlington road, midway between Driffield and Bridlington. Opening: Snowdrop Spectacular opening 9th February - 3rd March 2013. Gardens, café and shops open daily 11am–4pm 1 April–31 October, Hall, gardens, café and shops open daily 11am–5pm. 14 November–23 December, Hall, gardens, café and shops open daily 11am–5pm.

Winner of the 2005 HHA Christies Garden of the Year.

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CASTLE HOWARD York > North Yorkshire > YO60 7DA 01653 648444 > Visit and discover breathtaking parkland with temples, lakes, statues and fountains. Linger in the 18th-century walled garden with its collection of roses, delphiniums and potager, and follow the serpentine pathways of Ray Wood to enjoy seasonal displays of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. Families can let off steam on the adventure playground, take boat trips on the Great Lake, and explore the grounds with our illustrated trail.

Directions: 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64. Visit for public transport information. Opening: Grounds, Shops and CafĂŠs open all year from 10am. House open daily from 24th March to 4th November and 24th November to 16th December from 11am (last admission 4pm)

With hundreds of acres to explore, there are endless corners to discover and a variety of ways to spend your time. Map Ref: 5


CONSTABLE BURTON HALL AND GARDENS Leyburn > North Yorkshire > DL8 5LJ 01677 450428 >

Directions: 8 miles west of the A1 on the A684 between Bedale and Leyburn.

Set in beautiful countryside at the entrance to Wensleydale, this extensive romantic garden is surrounded by 18th Century Parkland with a superb John Carr house (not open). Fine trees and woodland walks combine with an interesting collection of alpines and extensive shrubs and roses. Explore the stream garden with its large architectural plants and reflection ponds. Our annual Tulip Festival is held over the May Day bank holiday weekend, we plant over 6000 bulbs annually. Explore the festival and admire our special displays of cut blooms in the Hall.

Opening: 10th March - 23rd September 2012 from 9am - 6pm (Important - Closed for private event Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May) Tulip Festival 5th - 7th May 2012

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EAST RIDDLESDEN HALL Bradford Road > Keighley > West Yorkshire > BD20 5EL 01535 607075 > The award winning, intimate gardens of East Riddlesden Hall are the perfect place to relax and unwind. Within the grounds is a herb border which was traditionally used as the Hall’s medicine cabinet. Nestled around the lawns you will discover a selection of fruit trees, fragrant roses and borders of ever-changing colours. The recently opened Riverside Walk offers you the opportunity to take a gentle stroll and look for a range of wildlife in and around the River Aire.

Directions: One mile NE of Keighley on the Bradford Road in Riddlesden. Opening: 17 March to 4 November, Saturday to Wednesday 10.30am-4.30pm. Last entry 4pm

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THE FORBIDDEN CORNER Tupgill Park > Coverham > North Yorkshire > DL8 4TJ 01969 640638 > The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.

Directions: From Middleham take the Coverham road across the moor past Coverham church, turn right opposite the cottages and through the iron gates. Opening: Daily 1 April to 31 October and then Sundays until Christmas. Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 6pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am–6pm.

Pre-booked tickets only, please phone before your visit.

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FOUNTAINS ABBEY & STUDLEY ROYAL A WORLD HERITAGE SITE Ripon > North Yorkshire > HG4 3DY 01765 608888 > Once wild and wooded, the valley of the river Skell was transformed into one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens. Disgraced by a financial scandal in the 1700’s, John Aislabie channelled his energies into creating a landscape of breathtaking and ground breaking vision. Marvel at the canals, elegant ponds and cascades. Discover Georgian follies of the garden including rustic bridges, classical temples and statues and finally into the medieval ruins of the Abbey, providing an unforgettable experience which equally enthralls today’s visitor just as it did the pleasure seeking Georgians.


Directions: 4 miles west of Ripon off B6265. 8 miles west of the A1. Follow the brown tourist signs. Opening: Daily April to September 10am–5pm, October to March 10am–4pm. Closed Fridays in November, December and January. Closed 24/25 December.

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GOLDEN ACRE PARK Otley Road > Leeds > West Yorkshire > LS16 8BQ 0113 395 7400 > Consisting of around 137 acres of gardens and woodlands, surrounding a large lake, Golden Acre has been a huge attraction since first opening to the public as an amusement park in 1932. The specialist gardens and varied plant collections are a real favourite, where horticultural trends and fashions provide visitors with inspiration and ideas for their own gardens. The cafĂŠ is also extremely popular and has a couple of outdoor terraces so customers can enjoy the view while sampling the home made produce.

Directions: Situated off A660 Otley Road near Bramhope (about 6 miles North west of Leeds City Centre. Opening: Park open all year, cafĂŠ opening hours: Mon - Fri 10.30am - 4.30pm, Sat - Sun 10.30am - 5pm. Winter opening hours: Mon - Sun 10am - 3.30pm.

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GOLDSBOROUGH HALL Church Street > Goldsborough > North Yorkshire > HG5 8NR 01423 867321 > Private 400 year old Jacobean Royal stately home secluded in an unspoilt Capability Brown inspired parkland setting. The first family home of HRH Princess Mary with Gertrude Jekyll planting scheme and a quarter-mile Lime Tree Walk planted by Royal visitors throughout the 1920s including King George V and Queen Mary. Still a private family home, the hall is open only on selected dates for charity events, but is available for private weddings and functions. You can book to visit the hall and gardens for a Royal Afternoon Tea or to stay the night in one of the 8ft four poster suites, for the ultimate in luxury bed and breakfast. All events are by appointment only, please visit for more details and specific opening dates.


Directions: Junction 47 from the A1/A59 west towards Harrogate & Knaresborough. At the 1st roundabout exit south to Goldsborough Village. Follow the road into the village, passing the pub on your right and then picking up the hall wall. Parking will be signposted on the day. Opening: Snowdrop dates in February, National Garden Scheme day in Spring and Summer. Pre-booked afternoon tea or luxury accommodation Garden groups by appointment. The Times: Top 20 places to stay with great gardens.Brides: Top 100 Wedding Venues.

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HAREWOOD Harewood > Leeds > West Yorkshire > LS17 9LG 0113 218 1010 > There are over 100 acres of gardens at Harewood, with plants from across the planet – all set in the magnificent landscape created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The Walled Garden is Harewood’s fruitbowl where much of the produce is sourced for our cafés and shops. The beautiful formal gardens of the Parterre have changing planting schemes and a great place to view the Red Kites. The Himalayan Garden is a plant hunter’s paradise with winding paths through the gorge and across the beck, surrounded with primulas, orchids, cobra lilies, blue poppies and over 50 kinds of rhododendron. Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winners 2011, and 2010 winners of BBC Gardeners World Best Gardens to visit in the North; Best Afternoon tea; Best Kids Day; and Most Romantic Garden, Harewood has something for everyone to explore, discover and enjoy!


Directions: On the A61 midway between Leeds and Harrogate and 8 miles from the M1. Sat Nav postcode LS17 9LQ as this will bring you to the main Lodge entrance. Opening: Opening year round (except 23rd December - 5th January). April - October: 10am - 6pm, November - March: 10am - 4pm. Visit or call 0113 218 1010 for details.

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Harrogate Valley Gardens

Ripon Spa Gardens

Knaresborough Bebra Gardens

HARROGATE’S FLORAL DISTRICT Harrogate Valley Gardens, Ripon Spa Gardens and Knaresborough Bebra Gardens Harrogate 01423 537300 • Ripon 01765 604625 • Knaresborough 01423 866886 > Enjoy the exquisite 2011 Yorkshire in Bloom award winning gardens, green lawns and beautiful floral displays of Harrogate and the surrounding area. The English Heritage Grade II Listed Harrogate Valley Gardens are set in 17 acres and include Pinewoods, mineral springs and the New Zealand Garden. In the heart of Ripon lies Ripon Spa Gardens. The splendid Victorian bandstand hosts concerts on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. Knaresborough Bebra Gardens are a small attractive park nestling at the foot of Knaresborough Castle and named in honour of the town’s links with Bebra in Germany.

HARROGATE VALLEY GARDENS Directions: Off the A61 in the centre of Harrogate, between Valley Droive and Cornwall Road. RIPON SPA GARDENS Directions: From the Market Place follow Westgate onto Park Street. The Park and Gardens can be seen on both sides after the swimming baths. KNARESBOROUGH BEBRA GARDENS Directions: Off the A59 in Knaresborough, main entrance Brewerton Street. Built on quite a steep slope.

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HELMSLEY WALLED GARDEN Cleveland Way > Helmsley > York > North Yorkshire > YO62 5AH 01439 771427 > This five acre garden, originally built in 1756, has recently benefited from 15 years of extensive restoration. The Double Hot Border forms the garden’s central spine, extending for 120m, it explodes with colour from June to September.

Directions: Follow the signpost for the garden from the Cleveland Way car park in Helmsley, located on the north side of the castle. Opening: 1 April to 31 October daily 10.30am–5pm.

There is a selection of smaller garden rooms including a contemplative garden, rose and peony borders and a cottage flower garden. The garden has dedicated vegetable and trained fruit growing areas, half of which are individually tended by local residents, the remainder grown by ourselves and used exclusively in our vegetarian Vinehouse Cafe. Map Ref: 14


HIMALAYAN GARDEN & SCULPTURE PARK The Hutts > Grewelthorpe > Ripon North Yorkshire > HG4 3DA 01765 658009 > Launched in the spring of 2005 the Himalayan Garden Co. aims to provide a wide variety of high quality ericaceous plants. Our spectacular woodland garden shows off our plants to their best advantage in a natural setting at 850 feet above sea level and in 2009 we were awarded ‘Environmental Project of the Year’ as part of the Yorkshire Rural Awards. We are able to supply the rarer and more unusual varieties of species of Himalayan plants. The majority of our rhododendron’s and azalea’s are either sourced by seed from the Himalayan area or bought in as seedlings and grown in our nursery.

Directions: 5 miles north west of Ripon off B6265. See website for full details. Opening: 28th April – 17th June 2012 daily except Mondays, although we do open Bank Holidays. 10am-4pm

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HODSOCK PRIORY AND GARDENS Blyth > Nr Worksop > Nottinghamshire S81 0TY 01909 591 204 > Hodsock Priory is a 19th century country house surrounded by 800 acres of breathtaking gardens, woodland and countryside. The gardens are regularly featured in Britain’s top 10 Snowdrop gardens and has recently been featured in the Daily Telegraph and Countryfile magazine. Each February the estate opens for Snowdrops, with woodland walks, daily history talks and a food a craft fair. Enjoy homemade cakes, hot local produce lunches and browse our gifts and plant sale. Stay for longer with a Snowdrop short break at our five star Courtyard B&B. Become a Friend of Hodsock and enjoy discounts on tickets, short breaks and VIP treatment. See our seasonal events list and Friends of Hodsock pages for more details at or email


Directions: Easy to get to. Just a few miles from the A1(M) at Blyth, M18 and M1 Jcts 30-32. Follow the B6045 signposted Worksop. Opening: Please check website for full details. Bluebells: selected dates in May 2012; Summer theatre: 8th July & 2nd September 2012; Secrets of Hodsock: 2nd/3rd May & 12th September; Snowdrops: Open daily 10am – 4pm, from 2nd February to 3rd March 2013

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KIPLIN HALL Nr Scorton > Richmond > North Yorkshire > DL10 6AT 01748 818178 > Discover the beauty and history of Jacobean Kiplin Hall’s gardens and grounds, which fell into neglect following the First World War. In 2010, assisted by volunteers, Chris Baker, the first Head Gardener for a century, started work on restoring this fascinating gem. The Walled Garden is again productive, supplying fruit and vegetables for the Tea Room. New planting includes a Laburnum Walk and a Perennial Garden and the Topiary Garden has been replanted with a white theme. Sensory and Rose Gardens, swathes of snowdrops and aconites in spring, woodland walks and a stroll around the lake add to the pleasure of seeing the gradual redevelopment of these historic gardens.

Directions: Off the B6271 Scorton to Northallerton road, approx. 5 miles east of the A1, just south of A66 junction at Scotch Corner. Opening: Gardens and Grounds, Sunday – Wednesday, 5 Feb to 31 October, 10am-4pm (until 5pm April31 October) incl. Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Hall, Sunday-Wednesday, 1 April-31 October, 2-5pm; Good Friday and Easter Saturday 2-5pm.

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LOTHERTON HALL ESTATE AND PARK Lotherton Lane > Aberford > West Yorkshire > LS25 3EB 0113 264 5535 > An Edwardian country house set amongst beautiful parkland, woodland and formal Edwardian gardens. This beautiful country house is surrounded by formal gardens divided into distinct areas to show everything from semi wild gardens to formal walled gardens. Beyond the formal gardens encounter the deer park, see the red deer grazing, or walk through the woodland with an abundance of flowers and wildlife. Within the bird garden there are over 200 species of birds, one of the best collections of rare and endangered birds in the country.

Directions: 13 miles from Leeds city centre. 1 mile east of the A1 at Aberford and then take the B1217. Alternatively it lies 2 ½ miles from J47 on the M1. Opening: Gardens and Grounds open daily. Please see website for opening times of the House, Bird Garden and CafÊ.

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MOUNT GRACE PRIORY North Yorkshire > DL6 3JG 01609 883494 > The reconstructed herb plot at Mount Grace Priory offers a glimpse into the lives of its former medieval residents the Carthusian Monks; recreating the atmosphere and heady scents of those far off days. Using species of plant available in the early 16th Century a garden has been created to stimulate the senses of both the visitor and the local wildlife. Along with the sensory herb plot, the uniqueness of the priory’s setting has allowed the site to flourish as a wildlife haven and is home to the famous priory stoats.

Directions: 12 miles north of Thirsk; 6 miles north east of Northallerton on the A19. Opening: 1 Apr-30 Sep, Thu-Mon 10am-6pm 1 Oct-4 Nov, Thu-Sun 10am-4pm. 5 Nov-28 Mar, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan Closed Please note: on days when there are summer evening theatre events, the site will open at 12 noon

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MUSEUM GARDENS, YORK Museum Gardens > York > North Yorkshire > YO1 7FR 01904 687687 > Welcome to the Museum Gardens, York, ten acres of beautiful botanical gardens set within the heart of the city. Established in 1840 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, these gardens are famous for their fantastic collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Set in the stunning surroundings of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, this is a great space to meet friends and family and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the gardens have to offer. Each season brings new colours, textures and scent to the gardens from the outstanding butterfly borders and alpine rockery to a host of golden daffodils and Champion Trees.


Directions: Next to Lendal Bridge, Museum Street at the main crossing between York Station and York Minster. There are two entrances, one on Museum Street, the other is on Marygate. Opening: Open throughout the year, summer 7:30am–8pm, winter 7.30am–6pm.

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NEWBY HALL AND GARDENS Ripon > North Yorkshire > HG4 5AE 01423 322583 > Visitors to Newby Hall can enjoy the 25 acres of award winning gardens full of rare and beautiful plants. The famous double herbaceous borders are flanked by numerous compartmented gardens such as the rose and autumn gardens and the water garden. Newby Hall holds the National Collection of cornus (dogwoods) and this year launches a programme of garden workshops. Add to this a wonderful children’s adventure garden with a moated fort and water play features; a miniature railway to ride, a woodland discovery walk and a contemporary sculpture park and you have a perfect day out for all ages.

Directions: Just off the A1 at Ripon. Sat Nav ref HG4 5AJ. Opening times: 31st March – 30th September 2012, Tuesday to Sunday, plus bank holidays. Open 7 days in July and August. Gardens open 11am–5.30pm. House open for tours only 12–4pm.

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OAKWELL HALL COUNTRY PARK Nutter Lane > Birstall > Batley > West Yorkshire > WF17 9LG 01924 326240 > Beautifully restored late 17th century walled gardens to the rear of Oakwell Hall. The hall was built in 1583 by John Batt and was occupied by the family until the early 18th century. The hall has significant civil war connections and also associations with the Brontës. Charlotte visited regularly in the early 19th century and was so inspired by the hall that she featured it as ‘Fieldhead’ in her novel ‘Shirley’.

Directions: Located off the A652 between junctions 26 and 27 of the M62. Opening: Monday to Friday 11am–5pm. Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. Reduced winter opening hours, please ring for details.

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PEASHOLM PARK North Bay > Scarborough > YO12 7TR 01723 383636 > Peasholm Park is an oriental themed park that has more to offer than just beautiful gardens. The park boasts a tranquil lake where rowing boats, canoes, dragon head boats and pedaloes can be hired, a bandstand is also set out on the lake and in summer plays host to a number of superb musicians. During the summer months a miniature Naval Warfare event can be seen performing on the water and putting and mini golf is available. Mini waterfalls, wooden bridges crossing trickling streams and an abundance of wildlife make this the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The Park celebrates its Centenary this year and a celebration programme of events has been organised.

Directions: Follow signs for the North Bay, Peasholm Park is situated opposite the roundabout leading onto the waterfront. Opening: Park open daily. Activities 30 March to 28 October 10am to 4/5pm dependant on weather. Activities run until 6pm Sat and Sun during high season.

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RED HOUSE Oxford Road > Gomersal > West Yorkshire > BD19 4JP 01274 335100 > This delightful restored 1830s garden provides an enchanting setting for Red House, a former cloth merchants’ home. Charlotte Brontë often visited her friend Mary Taylor here in the 1830s and featured it in her novel ‘Shirley’. See scented old roses climbing arbour and arches; ornamental ‘Flower Basket’ beds and borders filled with period plants such as lilies, lavenders, black hollyhocks and curious names such as ‘Obedient Plant’ and ‘Dame’s Violet’. Stroll the Serpentine Walk through tree shaded lawns. This beautiful and distinctive 1830s style is rarely found in period gardens today.

Directions: M62 junction 26. Follow A58 towards Leeds then turn right onto A651 to Gomersal. Follow tourist signs. Red House is on the A651 in Gomersal. Opening: Monday to Friday 11am–5pm. Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. Reduced winter opening hours, please ring for details.

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RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR Crag Lane > Harrogate > North Yorkshire > HG3 1QB (satnav use HG3 1UE) 01423 565418 > Winner of Yorkshire’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2010. One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and surprising gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Wander through tranquil surroundings and find inspiration from the innovative and dramatic planting. Stroll along the streamside garden and woodland, explore the gardens through time; linger in the scented garden and take practical ideas from the kitchen garden.

Directions: Leave the A1(M) at Junction 47 on A59 to Harrogate. Located on Crag Lane off the B6162 Otley Road, 1.5 miles from Harrogate town centre. Opening: Open daily all year (except Christmas Day) 9.30am–6pm (4pm Nov–Feb). Last entry one hour before closing.

Year round events include workshops, guided walks, family events and practical gardening demonstrations. Visit the extensive shop and plant centre; get advice for your garden and why not enjoy some delicious treats from the on-site Bettys Café & Tearooms. Map Ref: 25


RICHMOND CASTLE Richmond > North Yorkshire > DL10 4QW 01748 822493 > With commanding views over the River Swale and the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle’s Cockpit Garden is a true hidden gem. This inviting and tranquil garden has modern borders that burst into colour during the summer and autumn months. The grass lawn enclosed by magnificent Yew hedges is the ideal spot for a picnic.

Directions: In Richmond just off the market place. Opening: 1 Apr-30 Sep, daily 10am-6pm. 1 Oct-4 Nov, Thu-Mon 10am-4pm. 5 Nov-28 Mar, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan Closed

The cockpit garden reflects 900 years of Richmond Castle’s history including the poignant story of the WW1 conscientious objectors which is woven into 16 topiary forms in the upper terrace. Map Ref: 26


ROUNDHAY PARK Princes Avenue > Leeds > West Yorkshire > LS8 2ER 0113 395 7400 > Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe and comprises of an amazing 700 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes alongside an array of flower beds and gardens.

Directions: 3 miles north of Leeds city centre it is situated off the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood. Opening: Every day 10am–6pm.

Within the park you will find some spectacular floral displays in the specialist gardens including the Monet and Alhambra gardens plus 4 gardens that have been previously exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show. The park is also home to Tropical World, a popular visitor attraction which houses Tropical flora and fauna including crocodiles, meerkats, bats and butterflies. Map Ref: 27


SHEFFIELD BOTANICAL GARDENS Clarkehouse Road > Sheffield > South Yorkshire > S10 2LN 0114 268 6001 > The 19 acre garden was originally designed by Robert Marnock in the Gardenesque style and opened in 1836. Restored in recent years, there are now 15 different garden areas featuring collections from all over the world, including the National Collections of weigela, diervilla and sarcococca. Buildings include the restored Grade II listed curvilinear Glass Pavilions housing temperate plants. The 9th annual Art in the Gardens, the largest outdoor exhibition in the North – with thousands of works of arts and crafts on display - takes place on 1st & 2nd September 2012.

Directions: 1 mile southwest of the city centre.  The main entrance is on Clarkehouse Road. Other entrances are at Botanical Road and Thompson Road, which is just off Ecclesall Road. Opening times: Open from 8am Monday to Friday, 10am at weekends and Bank Holidays. Closed 7.45pm or dusk in the summer and 4pm in the winter.

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SHIBDEN ESTATE Lister’s Road > Halifax > West Yorkshire > HX3 6XG > 01422 352246 Welcome to Shibden and its 15th century timbered hall, the home of the Lister family for over 300 years. Explore Shibden’s beautifully restored grounds, cascades and the “Paisley Shawl” inspired Victorian bedding designs.  Shibden Mereside is the perfect place to relax, ideal for summer saunters or a warm up after a brisk winter’s walk.  Events and activities at Shibden include live entertainment, music, walks, guided tours, storytelling and crafts in the park.  Craft fairs, exhibitions, workshops and working demonstrations take place regularly. 

Directions: From the M62 westbound – junction 26, A58 to Halifax. from the M62 eastbound – junction 24, A629 to Halifax, follow Shibden Hall signs. Opening : Hall – March to November daily 10am–5pm, December to February 10am-4pm (Sundays from 12noon). Estate – daily from 8am, check website for closing times, usually dusk.

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STILLINGFLEET LODGE GARDEN AND NURSERIES Stillingfleet > York > North Yorkshire YO19 6HP > 01904 728506 We look forward to welcoming you to our charming country garden which combines cottage garden planting with traditional 60ft double herbaceous borders. Diverse elements include a series of cottage gardens, a wildflower meadow, orchard, a pond, a woodland walk and a contemporary rill garden which is a tranquil delight. The garden, is alive with birds and butterflies, while poultry roams freely and endearingly. Stillingfleet Lodge’s nurseries specialise in unusual perennial plants. These are available to buy, but the gardening advice offered by the team comes free. Homemade cakes are a popular feature of the café.

Directions: 6 miles south of York off the A19. Take the B1222 signed Sherburn in Elmet. In Stillingfleet turn opposite the church, the garden is at the end of the lane. Opening: 3 April to 29 September Wednesday and Friday and the first and third Saturday and Sunday of every month from 1pm–5pm. Free entry to RHS members on Wednesdays.

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TEMPLE NEWSAM HOUSE AND PARK Temple Newsam Road > off Selby Road > Leeds > West Yorkshire > LS15 0AE 0113 336 7560 > Set within 600 hectares of parkland and woodland designed by Capability Brown is one of the great country houses of England. The renowned Rhododendron and Azalea walk and informal lakeside planting lead to the magnificent Georgian Walled Garden. Home to six National Plant Collections including Primula Auricula, Solenostemon and Chrysanthemum which form part of the magnificent seasonal conservatory displays and the Phlox, Delphinium and Aster Collections which can be found in the slip gardens off the stunning 400 metre herbaceous borders. Families should not miss the working Rare Breed Farm with over 400 animals; youngsters include piglets, chicks and calves all year round.


Directions: Located 4 miles from Leeds city centre off the A63. Opening: Walled Garden daily from 8am. Conservatory March to October. House 10.30am–5pm Tues to Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays, closes 4pm in Winter. Farm 10am–5pm Tues to Sun and Holiday Mondays, closes 4pm in Winter. Parkland open all year round.

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THORP PERROW ARBORETUM Thorp Perrow > Bedale > North Yorkshire > DL8 2PR 01677 425323 > Open all year – 85 acres of woodland to explore with trees from around the world, some dating back to Medieval times with 66 Champion trees (the biggest in Britain). Spring brings fantastic displays of daffodils, lilac, cherry blossom and bluebells, which are followed by wildflowers, bring a picnic and relax or enjoy lunch in our tearoom. There are many different trails to follow and events throughout the year.

Directions: 2 miles south of Bedale, 4 miles from A1, Leeming Bar turn off. Opening: Daily, spring, summer and autumn 10am–5pm, winter 11am–3pm.

Visit later in the year for spectacular autumn colours. Entry includes a visit to the Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre. Map Ref: 32


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THE WALLED GARDEN AT SCAMPSTON Scampston Hall > Near Malton > North Yorkshire > YO17 8NG 01944 759111 > A stunning contemporary garden and a 21st century plantsman’s paradise. Created by the internationally acclaimed Piet Oudolf, and set within the 18th century walls of the kitchen garden of Scampston Hall. Described in The Times as “a gem”, every aspect of this garden speaks of quality. Striking perennial meadow planting works well with more traditional parts of the garden and is complemented by an excellent restaurant and plant sales area. Children’s activity sheets are available for the peaceful self-guided cascade circuit walk. Scampston Hall is open for a shorter season for guided tours only.


Direction: Off the A64 between York and Scarborough, near the village of Rillington, signposted ‘Scampston only’. Opening: 6 April to 28 October 2012, Tuesday to Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am–5pm. Also Mondays in August.

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WENTWORTH CASTLE GARDENS & STAINBOROUGH PARK Lowe Lane > Stainborough South Yorkshire > S75 3ET 01226 776040 > The only Grade 1 historic garden and parkland in South Yorkshire. After capturing the nation’s imagination on the BBC TV series ‘Restoration’, this hidden gem from the early 18th century has been rediscovered and restored. Rare formal gardens have been re-instated and National Collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias enhanced with a collection of 26 monuments and follies, atmospheric views and woodland walks there is something for everyone to enjoy in the garden throughout the year. For more information call 01226 776040 or visit

Directions: By car, 5 minutes from M1 J37, Barnsley. Follow the brown tourist signs for ‘Wentworth Castle’. Sat Nav use S75 3EN. Opening: Summer 10am-5pm. Winter: Weekdays 11am-3pm, Weekends 10am-4pm. Last entry 30 mins before closing. Closed Wednesdays except in school holidays.

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WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE GARDENS Hague Lane > Wentworth > Rotherham > South Yorkshire > S62 7TF 01226 744842 > Situated in the beautiful estate village of Wentworth and set within Wentworth Garden Centre, these fascinating and historically important walled gardens are gradually being reinstated through an extensive programme of restoration.

Directions: 2 miles from M1 Junction 35 Opening: Open daily year round 10am–4:30pm Closed Easter Sunday, 25 & 26 December, 1 January

Pleasure grounds of the Wentworth and Fitzwilliam families since the 16th Century, this unique garden includes; herbaceous borders, rock garden, pools and cascades, hosta and fern dell, maze, Fallow deer paddock, woodland walk and perhaps most interestingly of all a bear pit! Further planned restoration work and development of existing areas will see these truly beautiful and little known gardens finally brought back from the brink.


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YORKSHIRE LAVENDER Terrington > York > North Yorkshire > YO60 6PB 01653 648008 > Yorkshire Lavender – the North of England’s awardwinning, unique free entry visitor attraction, lavender farm and gardens all set within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much more than just a lavender farm, visit our awardwinning gardens, deer park, sculpture park and specialist plant nursery where we propagate and sell a large selection of lavender and herb plants together with unusual perennials, grasses and wildflowers. In our gift shop you will find the ultimate collection of quality lavender products and whilst enjoying spectacular panoramic views over the Vale of York indulge in a light lunch or cream tea in our award winning EJ’s Tea Room.

Directions: Well signposted – 3 miles west of Castle Howard, 14 miles north east of York and 12 miles east of Helmsley – follow the brown tourist signs. Opening Times: Open daily April to October 10am to 5pm. Admission free.

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