Forty years of open gardens at Newby

From left: Mark Jackson, Newby Hall's head gardener, Biddy Marshall NGS Yorkshire County Organiser, Penny Snell NGS Chairman, Richard Compton, Lucinda Compton.
From left: Mark Jackson, Newby Hall's head gardener, Biddy Marshall NGS Yorkshire County Organiser, Penny Snell NGS Chairman, Richard Compton, Lucinda Compton.

Newby Hall’s owners have been honoured for their enduring support for the National Garden Scheme’s (NGS) open garden days.

The Compton family, who live in the historic home near Skelton on Ure, have taken part in the charity scheme for 40 years.

To thank them for their remarkable support, NGS chairman Penny Snell has presented Richard and Lucinda Compton with a cut-leaf beech tree to add to their gardens.

Head Gardener Mark Jackson said: “The area we have chosen for the new beech was severely damaged by storms in January 2008.

“Since then we have planted the area with a variety of shrubs, but we still have the ideal space for the beech which will become the centrepiece in years to come.”

The beech tree will grow around 40ft in the first 40 years, but will not be fully mature for around 200 years.

Newby Hall’s involvement in the NGS, which started with the current owner’s father, Robin Compton, is one of the longest in Yorkshire and the ‘thank you’ presentation was the first of its kind in the county.