Hackfall woods have won a prestigious European award for conservation.
The 17th century woods and gardens won a Europa Nostra Cultural Heritage award for conservation after a £1m restoration project.
The Woodland Trust’s site in Grewelthorpe was the only UK entry to triumph in its category and beat competitors from 31 other countries to take the conservation prize.
The woodland gardens’ castle, follies and water features are fully open to visitors for the first time in 200 years after a five-year restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery fund.
Woodland Trust’s Hackfall officer Paul Mosley said: “To receive such high profile recognition for the work at Hackfall is rewarding for all the parties involved. We’re grateful to all the funders, professionals and volunteers who have given their time and money to turn Hackfall into something truly special.”
The work was carried out by Hackfall Trust and Woodland Trust volunteers, and extra funds were provided by Yorventure, Nidderdale AONB, and North Yorkshire Aggregates Grant Scheme.
The Woodland Trust and Hackfall Trust will receive their prize at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam in early June when they will go forward to a ‘Grand Prix’ run-off for a 10,000 Euro prize.
• See next week’s Gazette for pictures of Hackfall Woods in their spring glory.