The gardens in their present form were developed and are maintained by Tony and Pat Hutchinson. Since retirement they have been able to devote more time and energy to improving the design, the plantings and maintenance. During the summer months they practically ‘live’ in the garden!
Both have a lifetime interest in wildlife and conservation, and consider that collectively small gardens make a major contribution to supporting the native wildlife of the UK. They particularly enjoy welcoming visitors to the garden to discuss gardening and other rural issues.
Both Tony and Pat have been extensively involved in the local community’s activities. Tony was a local parish councillor and voluntary treasurer to several local groups, including Upper Nidderdale Scout Group. He also worked as a National Trust volunteer at the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal property. Now, following a recent stroke, he has found it necessary to retire from active participation and has handed the baton on to younger members of the community.
Pat enjoys developing her artistic flair using plant material grown in the garden as inspiration for botanical paintings and contemporary floral exhibits. She has gained recognition at national and international shows, including a Gold Award at Chelsea Flower Show. She gives talks about the National Gardens Scheme to groups and is also involved in voluntary work for several local charities.
They continue to enjoy maintaining and developing the gardens at Yorke House and their new home at White Rose Cottage. One of their greatest pleasures is to share their garden with family, friends and visitors, and using the facilities to raise funds for local and national charities.