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Scampston Walled Garden represents Yorkshire in National Countryfile Magazine Awards

As part of the celebration of the British Countryside, Scampston Walled Garden has been shortlisted for Garden of the Year

The only Yorkshire garden to have been shortlisted for the category of Garden of the Year, Scampston Walled Garden will need to secure more public votes than the other four nominees to win the award before the voting closes on 28th February.

Scampston Walled Garden is also the only attraction, destination or business from Ryedale to be nominated across all Countryfile Magazine Award categories.

Alongside Scampston Walled Garden, the category of Garden of the Year has four other contenders: Hauser & Wirth in Somerset, Trebah in Cornwall, Great Dixter in East Sussex & Interewe Gardens in Wester Ross. All have been chosen by Joe Swift, presenter of Gardeners’ World, journalist and garden designer.

The Walled Garden at Scampston was redesigned by renowned Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf in the late 1990s, and remains his largest private commission in the UK.

In describing why he chose Scampston Walled Garden, Joe Swift commented: “At Scampston Hall [Piet Oudolf] has reinvented what can go into a Victorian walled kitchen garden. A path leads halfway around the outside edge to build up expectation before all is revealed; wide meadows of grasses, sumptuous perennial planting, garden rooms with simple topiary pieces as well as a viewing mound.”

Chris Legard, owner of Scampston Walled Garden commented: “We are delighted to have been recognised by Joe Swift, an influential public figure in the gardening world, as one of the best gardens in the UK. Our small team work tirelessly at Scampston to maintain Oudolf’s unique design, and to ensure that the gardens offer a great day out for all.

“We would like to ask Yorkshire & Ryedale to get behind us and support us for this award by placing their vote before 28th February!”

Editor of Countryfile Magazine, Fergus Collins, commented: “The awards provide a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to the best of the British countryside. Our experts have nominated a range of exceptional contenders and I look forward to hearing our readers’ views and discovering which nominees prove the popular favourites.”

Voting can be done online at, or via post, sending in the form in the February issue of Countryfile magazine to BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN. The winner will be announced in mid-March.

Scampston Walled Garden is near Malton, North Yorkshire. The garden will re-open to the public on the 14th April 2017 (Good Friday). The gardens are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. For more information visit or contact