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Newby Hall wins Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award

Huge double border at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Picture; Newby Hall
The border at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Picture; Newby Hall

North Yorkshire garden famous for its borders beats challengers

Newby Hall & Gardens has won the 2019 Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award in a public vote.


Newby Hall print by Richard O’Neill Art from Amazon

More than 6,000 votes were cast between March and September to give the North Yorkshire property the title, beating seven other contenders including Belvoir Castle and Forde Abbey.

The announcement was made at the Historic Houses National AGM in London earlier this month and is the first time the award has been decided by an online public poll.

One-third of the vote

Newby Hall & Gardens picked up almost a third of the vote, receiving 1,982 in total and previously won the title in 1986.

Huge double border at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Picture; Newby Hall
Huge double border at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Picture; Newby Hall

Newby Hall, near Ripon, is visited by nearly 140,000 people a year and is owned by Richard and Lucinda Compton.

The gardens are filled with rare plants and shrubs in 14 ‘rooms’ as well as one of the longest double herbaceous borders in the UK, two heritage orchards and acres of woodland.

First garden to win it twice

Lucinda Compton said: “We are over the moon to win this award, particularly as the votes were cast by members of the public. To be the first garden to have won it twice makes it even more special.

“Our team of gardeners should feel very proud as they work tirelessly in all weathers to keep Newby always looking first class.”

Double border at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Picture; Newby Hall
Double border at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Picture; Newby Hall

Historic Houses director-general Ben Cowell said: “Newby Hall is one of Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions, and is now officially the nation’s favourite garden!

‘Evolve and adapt’

“Historic Houses’ places tend to remain lived-in, family homes, which means that they are able to evolve and adapt over time.

“We should not be surprised that Newby has become the first garden to win this prestigious award twice – the changes introduced by owners Richard and Lucinda Compton have made Newby one of the country’s finest pleasure grounds.”

The Garden of the Year Award recognises beautiful gardens with public appeal, sponsored by Christie’s auction house, has been running since 1984. It is voted for by the general public who judge the gardens based on their enjoyment.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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