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Helmsley Walled Garden nominated for prestigious LandLove Award

Helmsley attraction shortlisted in the nation’s Favourite Garden category

The town of Helmsley is once more being recognised for its unique appeal with a nomination for the town’s Walled Garden in the third annual LandLove Magazine awards.

The awards, which will now be put to a public vote, aim to recognise and celebrate the very best of the British Countryside, across 12 categories. Helmsley Walled Garden will battle it out in the Favourite Garden category against nine other horticultural wonders including English Heritage’s Audley End Gardens, RHS Rosemoor and the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey.

The stunning garden originally dates back to 1759 but was lovingly restored in 1994 by local resident Alison Ticehurst, on a mission to revive the Victorian glory it had once enjoyed. Set across five tranquil acres and located beneath the historic Helmsley Castle, the garden holds a special place in the hearts of the community and visitors alike.

A dedicated team of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to preserve the gardens, which are run as an independent charity. The Walled Garden also offers social and therapeutic horticulture, funded through the garden’s entry fees, helping to improve mental and physical health through gardening. Those receiving therapy include people with disabilities as well as individuals who are coping with the effects of depression, social isolation and long-term unemployment.

Tricia Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, said: “It’s such an honour to be shortlisted for Britain’s Favourite Garden, it really means so much to us. We know that the competition will be tough, we’re in great company with many of our favourite gardens also being featured in the category. We are the only independent garden to make the shortlist and we have a tenth of the number of the visitors of some of the big gardens, as we are smaller in scale, so it’s a great achievement to get this far. However, we have high hopes that Helmsley Walled Garden fans will show their support. It really is such a special place and the charitable support it provides for a wide range of people is so very important. We hope the local community will get behind us and vote before January, it would be an amazing way to celebrate the start of a new year!”

Voting is now open until the 3rd January 2017. Anyone wishing to vote can do so at http://www.landlove.com/awards