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News release - Issued by Natioanl Trust

Treasurer’s House wins gold for the third consecutive year in the Yorkshire in bloom awards

In the centre of York city centre, the garden attached to Treasurer’s House and York Minster’s nearest neighbour has won gold in the Yorkshire in bloom awards for 2016 at today’s ceremony. This builds on the successful golds in the previous two years providing a hat trick of gold for the National Trust team.

For many people the garden is an appreciative respite from the bustle of the city’s shops and attractions and indeed the current hot temperatures with many shady spots to sit and take stock. It can be enjoyed as part of a visit to the National Trust house or as it’s free to enjoy, a destination to drop into when you’re in York. The garden is a wonderful combination of fine lawns, subtle planting and statues. It has been developed with the previous owner of Treasurer’s House, Frank Green in mind, with pale tones of successional planting around the borders. On the house grow old wisterias and the trickle of water from the fountain fills the air.

The gardens are looked after predominantly by a dedicated team of volunteers. Along with the National Trust gardener their ethos of not using power tools adds to the tranquil feel you get in the garden. Visitors tell us they enjoy watching hedges and lawns cut by hand and this silence allows for the buzz of the bees or the ringing of the Minster bells to take priority.

Steve Hodges, gardener at Treasurer’s House said, “I’m delighted that since we won gold in 2014, we’ve been able to maintain the standards that the judges are looking for. I couldn’t do it without the support of the volunteers and together we are able to look after a garden we are very proud of. To have this in the city is as important for wildlife and people alike and I hope locals too will come along and visit us next time they’re in the city.

Treasurer’s House is open daily until 31st October and the garden is free to enjoy. For further details call 01904 624247 or visit


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About Treasurer’s House:

Tucked behind York Minster, this hidden gem has gone through many transformations to become the Edwardian gentleman’s town house we see today. In 1897, Frank Green (the grandson of a wealthy industrialist) bought Treasurer’s House and created a lavish show-home. Frank built a large collection of fine antiques, art and furniture. Interestingly, this was the first house ever given to the National Trust complete with its collection. The award-winning garden is an oasis of calm in York city centre. Relax in the double gold winner in Yorkshire in Bloom and enjoy unrivalled views of the Minster. The Below Stairs Café has been recently refurbished and serves a refreshed menu from brunch to lunch and afternoon treats. The café and garden are free to enter. Treasurer’s House is currently open daily until the end of October then reduced hours in winter.

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