Regular readers will know that I am currently fundraising for the horticultural charity Perennial by going on a nighttime trek up Snowdon in May 2022. Another way that Perennial raise funds is through the three gardens that they own and open to the public: York Gate, Fullers Mill and The Laskett. I have visited The Laskett a couple of times before it was donated to Perennial by its owner Sir Roy Strong. I have been keen to visit York Gate for quite a while and suddenly the perfect opportunity was presented to me.York Gate was in relation to Cleckheaton and it is around 35 minutes away. So the plan was set. Up to York Gate for when it opens, a nice wander around, lunch in the cafe and then off to Cleckheaton. I do like a plan.
and what a good plan it turned out to be. It was a cool start to the day, perfect for garden-bothering. It is not the largest garden you will ever visit, but as we are often told, size does not matter and as my time was limited I was pleased I could spend enough time there to enjoy it. I could of course have spent longer time there too given half a chance.
A sign of a good garden visit is when you leave with a good gardening idea, and I loved this idea.
If you can visit York Gate Gardens then you really should. It is charming and interesting and a pleasant green pause in a day. You will also be supporting this very worthy charity. I will be returning I am sure and of course, I now need to visit Fullers Mill so that I have visited all the Perennial gardens.