The land surrounding Yorke House is divided by a stone and brick wall into two roughly equal areas of 2 acres each.
To the north side, a nature reserve is being developed, which supports a small woodland, wildflower meadow and wildlife pond.
To the south side, the ornamental gardens include a wealth of varied features, plantings and vistas. This area is designed as a series of inter-connecting spaces, one area unfolding into another to give variety and to maintain interest.
The design and plantings have developed to take into consideration a number of factors:
– the ambiance of the surrounding countryside of Nidderdale and views provided by the location
– the encouragement of a wide diversity of wildlife
– the type of soil – heavy clay, now enriched with farmyard manure
– the provision of materials for artistic use
-the creation of gardens for relaxation and pleasure