What’s happening at Parcevall Hall Gardens…

10 June 2017

10th June 2017.  Would you be interested in becoming a Friend?

If you enjoy visiting Parcevall then you may well be interested in considering joining a group of people who are incredibly supportive to us, the Friends of Parcevall Hall Gardens.  The benefits of a Friends membership includes year round, free access to the Gardens, even when they are closed for the winter. Members also receive two newsletters a year to keep them updated as to what is happening at Parcevall and, are also invited to Garden Walks in the Spring, Autumn and before the Friends AGM in July, with our Head Gardener, Phill Nelson.  All this for the annual membership fee of £18.00.  If you would like further information about joining the Friends of Parcevall Hall Gardens, there are leaflets available in the Gardens Office at Visitor Reception, or please contact Membership Secretary Ann Oxley by email at richard.oxley@uwclub.net.

30th March 2017.  A new season set to blossom at Parcevall.

After much hard work by Head Gardener Phill Nelson and his team during the winter closure, the gardens are once again ready to welcome visitors when they reopen for the new season on Saturday 1st April. Helped by some very good weather conditions across the summer, last season proved to be a record year for the number of visitors coming to see the gardens which was very pleasing.   The Tea Room will also reopen to coincide with the gardens and over the weekend of 1st/2nd April, will be hosting an exhibition of original watercolours, prints and cards by Embsay artist Shirley Schofield, all of which will be available to buy.  This year the Visitor Reception Team will consist of Helen, a familiar face to many of you from last season, now sharing meet and greet duties with our latest recruit, Damian. Our grateful thanks go to long-time stalwart Rod, who has relocated to pastures new.  As well as being a delight to visit for lovers of horticulture and tranquil surrounds, Parcevall Hall Gardens is also full of surprises in other ways, with a Comma (Polygonia c-album) butterfly, more usually to be found in Southern England, Scotland and North Wales and not in the Yorkshire Dales, being recently spotted here.  Parcevall Hall Gardens will reopen to the public for the 2017 season between 10am and 6pm daily (last entry 5pm) from 1st April until 31st October.  

13th February 2017.  Another opportunity to see the Snowdrops!

After our planned Snowdrop Weekend turned into a very wintry ‘snowflake weekend’ and as the long-term weather forecast is currently looking better, we have decided to open the gardens at Parcevall again next Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February, between 10am to 4pm each day, to offer another opportunity to view the snowdrops while they are looking at their best.  Entrance will again be at the reduced rate of £4 each for Adults, with accompanied children up to the age of 12 years admitted free of charge.  As before, admission payment will be by way of an honesty box located at the door of the gardens office by the main entrance.  Due to the gardens not fully reopening to the public for the new season until 1st April, there will be no refreshment facilities available on either day.  Just a reminder that as the gardens are located on a steep hillside, for safety reasons we do recommend that our visitors wear strong walking shoes with good grips, take care when following the woodland paths and, dress for warmth. 

4th February 2017.  It’s Snowdrop Weekend at Parcevall on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February.

After what proved to be a very popular pre-season event last year, Parcevall Hall Gardens will again be opening especially for its second Snowdrop Weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, from 10am to 4pm each day.  Entry to the gardens across the weekend will be at the reduced rate of £4 each for Adults, with accompanied children up to the age of 12 years admitted free of charge. Admission payment will be by way of an honesty box located at the door to the gardens office by the main entrance.  As well as being able to view the snowdrops, if the weather is good it will also present the perfect opportunity to take a walk around the grounds and, along the way, appreciate the spectacular views that Wharfedale has to offer. With the gardens being located on the side of a steep hillside, for safety reasons it is recommended that visitors wear strong walking shoes with good grips, take care when following the woodland paths and, dress for warmth with the possibility of changeable weather in mind.  As Parcevall Hall Gardens will not fully reopen for the new season until 1st April, please note that there will be no refreshment facilities available on either day. 

 28th October 2016.  Just three more days to go!

Just a reminder that Parcevall Hall Gardens will close for the winter break this Sunday 30th October until Saturday 1st April 2017.  However, a note for your diary, as we will be reopening briefly for our Snowdrop Weekend on the 11th and 12th of February, more details of which will follow nearer the time.  As ever the gardening team would like to thank you for your continued support across the season and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017.

8th September 2016.  Advance notice of Tea Room closure for one day.

Due to repair works taking place on the Parcevall Estate main water pipe, from 8am until 5pm on Monday 19th September, as the water supply will be turned off the Tea Room will remain closed throughout that day. Please note also that there will be no toilet facilities available for visitors to the gardens, which will be open as usual between 10am and 6pm, with last admission at 5pm.

13th May 2016.  A visit to Parcevall is always full of visual surprises and, you never know who you might meet!

Always full of visual treats and surprises at each twist and turn, some visitors to Parcevall yesterday had the additional bonus of seeing BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein, who was with us filming for the programme, both in Troller’s Gill and around the Rock Garden near to the Hall.  Carol was recording inserts looking at how exposed plants cope in the wild and comparing them with similar plants that thrive in a location such as our Rock Garden, which has been described as being one of the finest examples of its kind in the North of England.  The piece is scheduled to be broadcast during the BBC Two Gardeners’ World programme on Friday 20th May at 20.30.  The weather was glorious and just could not have been better and it was a real pleasure to welcome Carol and the film crew to the gardens.

20th April 2016.  Every spin of the wheel is a guaranteed winner for cyclists visiting Parcevall!

With the starting date for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race fast approaching, we were delighted to find that the route on the opening day, Friday 29th April, would bring the race very close by to Parcevall.  Even more exciting is that this will be as the riders contest for the right to wear the first ‘King of The Mountains’ jersey, when they are well and truly tested along the demanding stretch of the B6265 at Greenhow Hill as the pack climbs towards Grassington.   Large crowds are expected to line the Tour route throughout and we know that many amateur cyclists from across the UK and Europe are expected to visit the area, both to watch the race and also, with a good number trying out the route for themselves either prior to, or after, the main event has moved on.  As with last year we have again decided to celebrate the Tour by offering anyone who arrives at Parcevall having travelled here by bike, half-price admission of just £3.50.  The offer will run for two weeks from Sunday 24th April through until Sunday 8th May.  So whether you live locally and are just out to get some exercise or, travelling the race route and looking for the opportunity to rest some weary legs, we would be very pleased to see you.

21st March 2016.  Just a reminder that Parcevall’s new season starts earlier this year.

As Easter falls early this year, Parcevall Hall Gardens will be opening for the 2016 season on Good Friday, 25th March, one week earlier than usual.   2016 has been designated as the ‘Year of the English Garden’ by VisitEngland, The National Tourist Board for England, principally to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of the man known as being the great ‘improver’ of landscapes, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  Parcevall, in common with a number of other wonderful gardens across the UK, had its landscape brought to life by its own horticultural genius and ‘man of vision’, the late Sir William Milner, who created from what was once wild, weather ravaged moorland, twenty-four acres of beautiful woodland garden that is now recognised as being one of the finest in the North of England.  The gardens at Parcevall will open daily from 25th March through until 31st October, between 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm).

31st October 2015.  Another seasons draws to a close.

How quickly this season appears to have passed by!  After seven months of welcoming visitors, not only from the UK but, from across the globe, Parcevall Hall Gardens will now be closed until 25th March 2016 when we look forward to seeing you again.   As ever, we thank everyone who has visited us throughout 2015 for your support and, for the many kind comments that have been made about the gardens during the times that you have spent with us.

19th September 2015.  Parcevall Tea Rooms closing early this year.

Whilst the gardens will remain open to visitors until 31st October, just to give good notice that the Tea Rooms at Parcevall Hall Gardens, which have recently received an excellent review in the Ilkley Gazette (17/9/2015), will be closing a few days earlier than usual this season.  The final day that you will be able to choose from a whole host of the tasty culinary delights on offer will be Sunday 27th September.  The Tea Rooms will then reopen again when our new season commences on 25th March 2016.

1st April 2015.  The start of a new season at Parcevall.

After winter closure Parcevall Hall Gardens has reopened to visitors again between 10am-6pm daily (last admission 5pm), until 31st October.   Had we been open prior to today, any comments from visitors to Parcevall saying that the experience had left them ‘blown away’ could most likely have been put down to the fact that it has been more than a bit blustery here over the past few days!  But despite the gusty winds, the gardens are in good shape and looking at their best after all the hard work put in over the winter months by Head Gardener Phill Nelson, Nick and the team.  So hopefully our visitors will now be literally ‘blown away’ when they look around the gardens for all the right reasons!  The local forecast appears to be promising much quieter weather conditions as we move towards Easter weekend, so fingers crossed that it proves to be accurate.  Fortunately we didn’t see too much snow at Parcevall during the time we have been closed and it hasn’t been overly wet either.  This allowed for a busy time across the gardens during the months of closure, especially at the edge of Tarn Ghyll Wood just as you go over the arched wooden bridge.  With time this banking of woodland had become quite shaded and as such, not allowing for much of interest to grow there. Now that area has been opened up and planted with around 40 rhododendrons, which have been air layered and were grown at Parcevall over the past three years.  Added to that the gardens have had a donation of some Sorbus and Betula to compliment the planting.  There has also been some considerable stooling back and clearing the woodland of dead or inappropriate trees and shrubs.  Some hard landscaping has taken place on the terraces at the back of the rose garden and the apple trees have had their regular winter pruning.  As ever, Parcevall is attracting plenty of varieties of birds and wildlife to add to the interest of a visit, although after all the work that has gone into preparing the grounds and beds to look in pristine condition, the gardens team are hoping not to see an influx of Easter (or any other time) bunnies, as they tend to have a fond liking for eating the plants!  Throughout the season Phill will be posting monthly Head Gardener updates, both here and on our Facebook page, that will feature his choice of Plant of the Month and also offer some useful tips about what to do to help maintain your own garden.  Our seasonal assistants Lucy and Rod return to greet and advise our visitors on arrival and like them, we all look forward to welcoming both familiar faces and new ones to Parcevall across the 2015 season.

31st October 2014.  Winter closure.

Parcevall Hall Gardens is now closed for the winter months and will reopen to the public again on 1st April 2015.  Thank you to everyone who has visited the gardens throughout the past season, your continued support is very important to us and we look forward to seeing you again in spring.

7th August 2014.  All roads again lead back to Parcevall!

After some disruption for local transport while British Telecom carried out essential telegraph post replacement work in Skyreholme, we are pleased to report that the road to Parcevall Hall Gardens has now reopened and it is back to business as usual!

28th June 2014.  Can you really discount the benefit of cycling to Parcevall Hall Gardens?

To celebrate The Grand Départ 2014 taking place in Yorkshire, Parcevall Hall Gardens is offering a special incentive to cycling enthusiasts of a half-price admission rate of £3 per person to anyone who arrives having travelled here on a bike!  The offer will run for two weeks from Sunday 29th June until Saturday 12th July so as to give those who have planned a cycling holiday around the event, or fitness-orientated locals with stamina to burn, the opportunity to visit our award-winning gardens.

 24th April 2014.  Parcevall featured in this weeks Craven Herald & Pioneer.

There is a very good picture feature on the gardens in the ‘DalesLife’ section of the current edition of the Craven Herald & Pioneer.  Written by local journalist Victoria Benn, the piece is full of interesting information about the history and structure of Parcevall Hall Gardens as gathered during her interview with Head Gardener Phill Nelson.

1st April 2014.  We are now open for the new season and looking forward to welcoming you to Parcevall!

After what appears to have been an endless winter break at Parcevall Hall Gardens, we are now open again and looking forward to welcoming visitors throughout the new season.  This year those of you who have visited Parcevall on a regular basis will notice a change of personnel to greet you on arrival at the gardens entrance and we are pleased to welcome Lucy, who joins us to share seasonal staff duties alongside a familiar face in Rod.  Lucy comes in to replace Celia (and not forgetting her trusted canine companion Boo!) who have moved on to pastures new.  Celia has done sterling work on Parcevall’s behalf during her time with us, for which we are very grateful and wish both her and Boo all the best for the future.

Over the period of closure, Phill, Nick and the gardening team have been working hard as ever, regardless of what the weather decided to throw at them, looking after the gardens and grounds and taking care of the general upkeep to ensure that everything looks neat and tidy.  The opportunity has also been taken during closure to re-tarmac the main drive that leads up to the Hall whilst traffice flow was at a minimum and work is just about completed, with the road now re-opened  and accessible.

Photographer Nicola Stocken was at Parcevall earlier this year in the company of television gardening celebrity Katie Rushworth, co-presenter with Alan Titchmarsh of ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ series.  Katie chose Parcevall as a location for the photo-shoot, which was for a feature in the NFU’s ‘Countryside’ magazine, as it is one of her favourite gardens.

With not a lot of snow falling during the winter month’s and in general reasonably mild conditions, we are hoping that trend continues across the coming weeks and leads into a glorious summer!  Head Gardener Phill Nelson reports that the daffodills are starting to open during the present spell of warm weather;  that the rock garden is looking good with plenty of interest and the woodlands are beginning to come to life with daffodills and rhododendrons.  As ever there is plenty of bird life to see, with the spectacular low-flying Red kites now almost a daily occurence!  Regular news updates and snippets about the gardens and grounds will be posted on this page during the season and don’t forget that if you want to keep right up-to-date, you can also find us on Facebook.

Parcevall Hall Gardens will remain open to the public daily between 10am and 6pm (last admittance 5pm) from 1st April until 31st October.

31st October 2013.  Parcevall Hall Gardens is now closed until 1st April 2014.

After what has proved to be a record year for visitors, Parcevall Hall Gardens is now closed across the winter months and will reopen again on 1st April 2014.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to look around the gardens throughout the 2013 season and look forward to greeting both old friends and new when we open to visitors again in 2014 .

17th September 2013.  Parcevall recognised again with a third successive ‘Gold Rose Award’ by Yorkshire in Bloom 2013.

We are delighted to announce that for the third year in succession, Parcevall Hall Gardens has been awarded a ‘Gold Rose Award’ at the prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom Awards 2013.  The ceremony, which this year took place in the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse, was attended by 430 guests with the awards being presented by Joe Maiden, the well known gardener, horticulturalist, author and BBC Radio presenter.  Our award was in the category of Country Houses, Estates, Parks and Gardens and the judges commented that “Parcevall is a delight to visit and offers a wide range of garden areas and plants in a natural setting”. After receiving the award Head Gardener Phill Nelson said,”I am delighted to have collected a Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Rose Award on behalf of Parcevall Hall Gardens for a third successive year.  As on the two previous occasions, great credit has to be given to every member of our gardens team for their dedication and hard work in maintaining such consistently high standards throughout the year. The glorious weather that we have been blessed with for most of this current season has given our visitors the opportunity to enjoy the gardens at their very best.  To see Parcevall Hall Gardens recognised once again as one of the finest in Yorkshire is very pleasing”.

13th April 2013.  Yorkshire Post profiles Phill Nelson.

The gardens section of todays Yorkshire Post Magazine features a profile piece about our Head Gardener Phill Nelson.  It’s a really nice little insight with mentions of Phill’s pet gardening hate, favourite plant, first thing he planted at Parcevall, best gardening tip and what inspired him to start gardening.  You can find out all the answers on page 44 of the magazine!

10th April 2013.  Take a walk around the gardens with Phill Nelson on BBC Radio York.

You can gently ease your way into the day on Sunday 14th April and take a tour around Parcevall Hall Gardens in the company of Head Gardener Phillip Nelson, all from the comfort of your favourite chair! Phill will be joined by BBC local radio presenter Steve Bailey to take a walk and to talk in general about the many aspects of the gardens.  The interview will go out in three parts, with the first scheduled to be broadcast at around 10am, during the Mark Forrest programme on BBC Radio York which is on air between 9am-12noon.  BBC Radio York can be found on either 103.7fm or 95.5fm, or for those living out of the transmission area through the internet on their website.

6th April 2013.  Now you can find us on Facebook.

Parcevall Hall Gardens can now be found on Facebook.  Whilst at the moment still in the early stages of development, we will be adding more images, current and historical information and looking forward to hearing your comments and observations as the season progresses.  Just click on the letter f, which you will find in the top right hand corner of any of the Parcevall Hall Gardens website pages to find us.

22nd March 2013.  Reprinted copies of Heather Beaumont’s booklet about Sir William Milner now available.

Thanks to the Friends of Parcevall Hall Gardens, a second edition of the long out of print booklet about Sir William Milner, written by Dr Heather M Beaumont, is now available for purchase from the Gardens Office at Parcevall.  Without the vision, creativity and brilliant mind of Sir William Milner, at 6′ 7″ a gentle giant and somewhat eccentric, who reconstructed and extended from dilapidation the original 16th/17th century building and around it created a landscape and gardens of such beauty from wild moorland, Parcevall Hall Gardens would not exist. In what is a fascinating read, Dr Beaumont, who was Warden of Parcevall Hall between 1977-82, attempts to bring together the various strands of his life and to sketch a portrait of the man, based on the reminiscences of some of those who knew him.  ‘Sir William Milner’ by Heather M Beaumont is priced £2.00 (add 50p for postage and packing)>

21st August 2012.  Parcevall Hall Gardens Guide now revised.

As it has now been several years since the Gardens Guide was written and during that time quite a number of changes have taken place, we thought that it was time to revise it.  The latest version of the guide, which includes amongst other changes, updated information about the grounds and gardens written by Head Gardener Phillip Nelson, is now available from the Gardens Office at Parcevall priced £2.00 (add 60p for postage and packing).  An essential read both for visitors and those wishing to learn more about the remarkable history and development of Parcevall Hall Gardens.

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