Sound of silence bid at garden attraction

Autumn Bay 1 at Thorp Perrow will be become a quiet space for visitors.
Autumn Bay 1 at Thorp Perrow will be become a quiet space for visitors.

A North Yorkshire attraction is to become the first northern garden to participate in a new project which aims to create a quiet space for visitors, away from distractions of modern life.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale has joined a project initiated and run by Oxfordshire-based garden writer Liz Ware.

The project invites public gardens to reserve a dedicated area where visitors are given the opportunity to wander, sit, or reflect silently, without interruption in a beautiful place.

The site’s Autumn Bay 1 has been chosen as the location for the ‘Silent Space’.

It is an area off the beaten track which is planted especially for stunning Autumn colour, but which is a tranquil space with beauty throughout the year and is home to wildlife, interesting fungus and an array of wonderful plants.

Liz said: “Our lives are very hectic and we rarely allow ourselves time to be quiet.

“It’s all too easy to miss out on the restorative benefits of being peaceful in a green place.

“I’m delighted that Thorp Perrow is joining the project – our first Arboretum and our first ‘northern’ Silent Space.

“How wonderful to have the chance to be silent in the midst of such a spectacular private collection – to be able to pay attention to the birdsong and the sound of the breeze.”