12 & 19th September 2020 11.00am – 4.00pm
Gisborough Priory is a free to enter English Heritage site, managed by Gisborough Priory Project (GPP).
The adjacent woodland garden, entered via the Priory, has been brought back to life by a team of GPP volunteers.
The guided tour, setting off at 2:00pm each day, focuses on the history of the Woodland Gardens and how this has influenced the recreating, revitalising and renewing of the current gardens. The tour also includes the Monastic Border in the Priory, which recreates, in miniature, a typical monastic garden which would have been found on the Priory site. The tour describes how the gardens have developed since the Dissolution up until the current day.
The Woodland Garden features 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century beds, and the Monk’s Walk, a rhomboid lime tree avenue, which today forms a cathedral of trees at the centre of the garden. There are also areas of informal planting including a recently planted avenue of apple trees, grafted from the old orchard nearby, woodland banks, wildflower, bee and butterfly areas and back to nature areas, including the Gisbug Hotel.
The display, on the Priory site, show how the gardens have been brought back to life based on the historical evidence. Visitors will be offered the recipe for blackcurrant jam and medlar jelly made from the fruit on the site.
The site has uneven paths and can be muddy and slippery in wet weather.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and dogs on leads are welcome.