Garth End Cottage Garden

We moved to Thornton le Dale, North Yorkshire, in 1986. Both the house and the garden needed some work, which we have undertaken over the ensuing years. The house was built in 1914, and at the time was probably fairly isolated, with just a couple of other houses on the road. From what we can tell, houses each had a furlong strip of garden. Today we have eight neighbours' gardens adjoining ours.

When we arrived the garden was mainly grass, but with some beds with a good variety of plants, and a few trees. There was an asbestos garage, reached by a long tarmac drive; an aluminium cladded shed, an old wooden shed with rusted galvanised roof, and a falling-down lean-to log store.

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Garden border
The pond in early summer

The garden as it is today.


The pond in early summer
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Address: Garth End Cottage
  Roxby Road
  Thornton le Dale
  North Yorkshire
  YO18 7SX

Just three glimpes of the garden

Clipped yew bird form
The pond in early summer

"New" garden sheds

Almost every aspect of the garden has changed. The old sheds were converted, first into a playhouse for the children, but later into a a garden shed and greenhouse. Paths were laid, a pond was dug, all the tarmac was removed and replaced by paving. Wherever possible material already in the garden was re-cycled.

Clipped trees and shrubs
Clipped leylandii, beech and box

Clipped leylandii, beech and box

The upper half of the garden had a number of trees and bushes , which have been retained, and added to. Leylandii have been clipped; a beech sapling has been trained into a clipped spiral; hazel, prunus nigra, prunus tibetica and plums have all been planted; a rectangular rose bed was turned into a circular box wheel.

Thornton Dale garden in 1985
The garden when we arrived in 1986

The garden in 1986

This is a view looking up the garden in 1985. A long tarmac drive, asbestos garage and old sheds leading on to lawn. There was a good variety of plants present as well, many of which are still with us, some in their original places. Aruncus, holly, alchemilla, roses, lysmachia and apple trees to name just a few.