Helmsley Walled Garden is nestled in the North York Moors National Park, surrounded by the Duncombe Park landscape, and overlooked by the historic Helmsley Castle. We’re not only a beautiful garden, popular tourist attraction and RHS-Partner Garden, but we are also a charity, supporting and being supported by over 100 volunteers. Some of whom face learning disabilities or social difficulties, such as depression, loneliness, social isolation, or low confidence. Within the garden’s safe and inclusive space, people gather to nurture plants and to also foster social connections, acquire new skills, and cultivate exceptional horticultural practices.

This is what sets our garden apart; we use forward-thinking sustainable horticultural practices, with community gardening at the heart of our approach. Our garden is entirely maintained by a team of volunteers, guided by dedicated coordinators and a garden director. Each volunteer’s contribution, regardless of their background or abilities, plays a vital role in enhancing the garden’s beauty, the visitor experience, and consequently, fostering a sense of accomplishment. A beautiful garden, changing lives.

All our income is raised through ticket sales, shop and plant purchases, donations, appeals and grant funding.

Past appeals

  • The Orchid House

    The Orchid House was originally restored from its derelict state in 2003. Nearly twenty years on, it once again required...

  • Adopt a square metre

    Like many organisations, Helmsley Walled Garden found itself without any income, during the Covid19 pandemic, when it had to close...