PARCEVALL Hall Gardens, Skyreholme, near Appletreewick, is in the running to be named 'garden of the year'.

The 24 acre garden, which recently reopened after the winter break, is one of eight finalists in the Historic Houses Garden of the Year award, sponsored by Christie's auction house.

The winner, chosen by public vote, will be announced at the Historic Houses AGM on November 15 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

Phill Nelson, Parcevall's head gardener, said: “Every one here is delighted that we have been shortlisted for this highly coveted award. Just being one of the final eight gardens in contention means a great deal to us, along with being tremendous recognition for Parcevall Hall Gardens.

"When you look back to 1927 when Sir William Milner first arrived here to be greeted by a barren and windswept landscape, the transformation he undertook to turn it into the 24 acres of glorious gardens that we see today is something of a horticultural miracle.

"To win this award would be a real tribute not only to Sir William, but to our small gardens team, our visitors and supporters who combined, make Parcevall Hall Gardens such a special place.”

Shortlisted entries are chosen from among the hundreds of gardens, parks, and grounds that offer free entry to members of Historic Houses, the association that represents and supports the UK’s independent historic homes, castles, and gardens.

Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses said: “Once again, our Garden of the Year Award celebrates the very best gardens from across the UK – and now, beyond. That’s because for the first time our shortlist features a garden from the Channel Islands too. We are very excited to launch this public vote, at the start of what we hope will be a very successful year for open gardens. The award shines a welcome spotlight on our national passion for horticulture – so we encourage everyone to take a look at the shortlist and cast their vote.”

Parcevall gardens are up against other historic gardens including the gardens at Bressingham Hall, in Suffolk, Grimsthorpe Castle Gardens, in Lincolnshire, and Mount Ephraim Gardens, in Kent.

Voting closes on September 30. Go to: