Scampston Hall

Scampston Hall walled garden
Gardeners at work in the walled garden at Scampston. May

In the walled garden at Scampston

Scampston Hall is owned by the Legards, with a wonderful contemporary walled garden, designed by Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf in 1999, and opened to the publc in 2005.

It's 80 acres of parkland evolved in the 18th century, culminating in a design by Capability Brown in 1782. Scampston Hall website.

Silver birch
Silver birch growing as a specimen tree, Scampston Hall
Silver birch
Silver birch, growing as a specimen tree, Scampston Hall

Silver birch

Betula pendula
Silver Birch

The parkland has many fine specimens of native british trees, standing alone in the cut grassed areas, allowing their size and shape to be admired. Here are two birch trees on the East side of the house.

Copper beech
A large, majestic copper beech at Scampston Hall

Copper beech

Fagus sylvatica
Copper beech

A huge copper beech, showing what height and width this common tree is capable of - a warning to anyone planting the native variety in their garden! Better to look for the "nana" version.

Lime tree
Tall lime tree with a very large, burred trunk.


Tilia x europaea
Common lime

Tall and slender, with a wide trunk bursting with burrs. A very common tree, prized for woodcarving, slightly less so for woodturning, though there are some interesting burrs to be cut.

London plane
London plane tree at Scampston Hall
London plane
Contorted branches of the London plane seen through spring foliage.

London Plane

Platanus acerifolia
London Plane

Contorted twisting branches silhouetted through the relatively sparse covering of leaves on this London plane tree. At its base is a circle of bluebells (some of which are white). Many of the trees have labels, good if you can reach the trunk and see through the ivy sometimes covering the label.

Monkey puzzle tree
A monkey puzzle or Chilean pine in the grounds of Scampston Hall

Monkey puzzle

Araucaria araucana
Monkey puzzle

The monkey puzzle or Chilean pine is not one of the native British trees in the park, having being introduced to Britain by the Victorians. It is now a fairly common site, including some planted in fairly small gardens which would do well to check out the mature heights - this one is probably still quite young at around 150 years old.

English oak tree
English oak in fresh leaf, May
Oak tree
English oak in fresh leaf, May
Oak leaves
The fresh bright green leaves of the oak in May


Quercus robur
English oak

There are many oak trees in the parkland. Here are just a couple, looking splendid with their fresh spring leaves.

My favourite timber for turning, especially if there is some burr in it. It seems to have become less available in recent years.

Sycamore tree
Specimen sycamore tree at Scampston Hall
Sycamore bark
Sycamore bark
Sycamore leaves
Mottled light green sycamore leaves. Perhaps affected by a virus.


Acer pseudoplatanus

A large sycamore with curiously light coloured leaves, perhaps as a result of a viral attack. This one had a name plate on it, which only signified the standard sycamore variety, and nothing special.

The best timber for pyrography, with its smooth tight grain and light creamy colour.

Western red cedar
Western red cedar tree, still relatively young
Western red cedar tree
The heavily textured bark of the Western red cedar

Western red cedar

Thuja plicata
Western Red Cedar

A tree native to North America, but planted in the grounds of most British stately homes from the 1740s onwards. Canadian specimens exist at 70 metres tall and perhaps 700 years old. This one is, I think, a little younger.

Yew tree
A large specimen yew tree in Scampston Hall parkland


Taxus baccata

A large yew tree, quite unusual to be standing as a specimen tree on its own. Large yews are often seen in parkland in rows, having escaped from their original purpose as hedging and allowed to grow to their naturally large dimensions. This one looks like it is planted to reach maturity. I can't help thinking of the woodturning potential growing here!

Large spreading tree
Large spreading tree, possibly a beech

Spreading tree


This fine large tree was in the distance, and I couldn't help but take a photo, though I didn't have time to get close enough to see if it had a name, or see what the leaves were like. I suspect it is a beech.