Joanne and I were invited to join the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for their Supporters Lunch at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at The Hutts near Grewelthrope which we accepted with great pleasure. The last time I visited here was in 2011, I think, and a lot has changed since then. Our day started with more information about the work of the YDMT of which we wholeheartedly support and which some of you have very kindly donated towards over the years. Do please keep on donating to this very worthy charity. You can do this through our Country Hideaways Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/country-hideaways

We were then given a tour of the garden and sculpture park, thirty acres in total by the head gardener. What an interesting hour or so and even though the weather was quite inclement it didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the walk. So many different types of rhododendron, magnolia, azalea, the largest collection in the North of England, and many plants that have virtually disappeared from the wild. Bridges to find, lakeside paths, woodland walks, arboretum, interesting structures and over sixty sculptures to seek out. Children will love to help you find these after they’ve explored the woodland playground. We could have explored longer, spent a whole afternoon but lunch was calling set out in their beautiful tea room.

The gardens aren’t open all year round so check for details on their website www.himalayangarden.com You can also buy your entry tickets online.