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RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

Explore the delights of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a garden with a wide variety of growing landscapes ranging from woodland to wildflower meadowsRHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire covers 27.5 hectares (68 acres). Set in a valley and very much a part of the Yorkshire countryside, the garden has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows.

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The RHS merged with the Northern Horticultural Society in 2001 and, with the merger, came the acquisition of its garden, Harlow Carr.

The Northern Horticultural Society was founded in 1946 with the objective of 'promoting and developing the science, art and practice of horticulture with special reference to the conditions pertaining to the North of England'.

The Society leased 10.5ha (26 acres) of mixed woodland, pasture and arable land at Harlow Hill from Harrogate Corporation and opened the Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens in 1950.The chief aim was to set up a trial ground where the suitability of plants for growing in northern climates could be assessed and the original 10.5ha has since been extended to 23.4ha (58 acres).

The gardens stand on what was once part of the Forest of Knaresborough, an ancient Royal hunting ground. Springs of sulphur water were discovered here in 1734 but development of the site as a spa did not take place for more than 100 years. In 1840, Henry Wright, the owner of the estate, cleaned out and protected one of the wells and four years later built a hotel and a bath house.

 

The hotel known as the Harrogate Arms and the land surrounding it was acquired by the RHS in 2014 and plans are in progress to restore the building, create new gardens around it and reintroduce its links with the old bath house. The wellheads in front of the bath house (at one time six wells were in use) were capped off but remain beneath the present Limestone Rock Garden. At certain times the smell of sulphur in this area is quite distinct.

Since the merger with the RHS there have been many developments at the garden including the creation of the Montague-Burton Teaching Garden, Gardens Through Time and the Winter Walk. The Main Borders have undergone a stunning redesign and Annuals Meadows have been creatively themed using willow-woven sculptures. The Woodland has been regenerated and now includes a Rhododendron Glade full of spring-flowering bulbs. The Alpine House and £3.3m Bramall Learning Centre, one of the greenest buildings in the country, are the latest additions to Harlow Carr.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Adswood Old Greyhound, first bus stop on Councillor Lane
Adswood
Altrincham Bus stop o/s Barrington Pub on Stamford New Road
Altrincham
Bramhall first bus stop on Moss Lane
Bramhall
Bredbury outside library on George Lane
Bredbury
Brinnington lay by opp the old Farmers Arms, Brinnington Rd
Brinnington
Burnage Fog Lane bus stop on Fog Lane jnc with Kingsway
Burnage
Burnage Vic Pub outside Victoria Pub, Mauldeth Road,
junction with Burnage Lane, Burnage
Cheadle Bullocks Bullocks Garage, Stockport Road
Cheadle
Cheadle Hulme Church Inn bus stop by Church Inn on Ravenoak Road
Cheadle Hulme
Cheadle Hulme Hilma outside Adeona Travel, 16 Station Road
Cheadle Hulme
Cheadle Hulme Smithy bus stop on Gill Bents Road opp shops
Cheadle Hulme
Dialstone Lane Jnc of Lisburne Lane just prior to Cherrytree Lane
Didsbury bus stop outside Cafe Nero, Wilmslow Road
Didsbury
Edgeley corner of Dale Street and Edgeley Road near
Alexandra Park,Edgeley
Gatley bus stop opp Gatley Green Tesco
Gatley
Handforth Paddock bus stop Paddock Precinct
Handforth
Hawk Green Bus stop on Windlehurst Lane opp Barnsfold Road
Hazel Grove Park & Ride A6 just past ent to Park & Ride under the bridge
Heald Green Library bus stop opposite side of road to the Library.
Heald Green
Heald Green Social Club bus stop opp side to social club, Finney Lane
Heald Green
Heaton Chapel outside Ribbons & Bows, 15 School Lane
Heaton Chapel
Heaton Moor bus stop on Thornfield Road outside hairdressers,
opp side of road to old Natwest Bank.Heaton Moor
High Lane Bus stop past Red Lion Pub opp High Lane Library
Marple Regent Cinema, Stockport Road
Marple
Northenden opp Methodist Church, Palatine Road
Northenden
Offerton bus stop near Fingerpost Pub on Dialstone Road
Offerton
Parrswood bus stop underneath railway bridge, Wilmslow Road
Parrswood
Reddish bus lay by outside Houldsworth Pub,
Houldsworth Sq,Reddish
Romiley outside Romiley Arms, opp Railway Stn,
Stockport Road,Romiley
South Reddish bus stop opp Carousel Pub, Reddish Road
South Reddish
Stockport Bus Station, Stand A
Stockport, ***OBSERVE 5 MPH Speed Limit***
Timperley Thorley Lane car park
Timperley
Wilmslow Chapel Lane jnc of Chapel Lane / Buckingham Road.
Wilmslow
Wilmslow Green Lane bus stop on Green Lane opp flats
Wilmslow
Woodley St Marks Church, Redhouse Lane
Woodley
Wythenshawe Forum Bus layby in front of Forum Centre, Wythenshawe
Not Bus Station

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