Larch Cottage win RHS Partner Garden of the Year 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we have received the exciting news that we are the RHS Partner Award Winner 2021. It is our privilege and honour to be the first winners of this award.

Back in March 2021 the Royal Horticultural Society launched a competition involving their partner gardens. The RHS partner gardens are a network of independent like-minded individuals passionate about their garden and open them up to raise money for nursing and health charities. The theme this year was ‘Feel Good Garden’ With more than 200 gardens in the competition this has been a real honour that the hard work and dedication has been observed by our visitors as the winner was voted for by them. As part of the prize we will have a photoshoot which will be featured in RHS magazine next year.

This award was to show the positive impact that gardens have on our physical and mental wellbeing and to celebrate the valuable outdoor space which could be a place of solitude, a place for an exhilarating walk or a place for a great family day out. And after the recent few years so many more people have discovered the beauty, sanctuary, and importance of these outside spaces. We are so pleased that the gardens reflect this as they hold a special place in our lives and hearts from the chapel where we were married,  and the gardens we dreamt to establish since we first stepped foot in Melkinthorpe.

To receive any positive feedback, accolade or recognition always means so much to us but to be recognised by RHS and our visitors this is one of our proudest moments. We would like to thank our team who have worked incredibly hard maintaining the gardens and welcoming visitors. And the biggest thank you to those who voted for us.

Quote from Peter Stott ‘This award from the RHS means more to us than winning a Gold medal at Chelsea’.

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