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Bishop Burton and Ellerker House, Yorkshire
April 26, 2014 : 10:30 am – 4:30 pm£14.00
Left: Bishop Burton College, centre: Ellerker House, right: Ellerker House
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Bishop Burton College
The horticultural department of Bishop Burton College covers approximately 50 acres with the whole estate covering some 1000 acres, which includes a working farm of 360 acres. On average we have approximately 1000 students studying at the college.
By working closely with our University partners; Hull, Huddersfield, Royal Agriculture and Leeds Metropolitan we ensure our Higher Education courses are both academically rigorous and well respected across the country. Horticulture plays a large part at the college with courses to study for HNC, HND, Foundation Degree and BA in subjects from Floristry to Countryside Management.
Not only can Bishop Burton offer excellent academic opportunities, we are also committed to practical experiences. Students have access to the equine centre, animal management, sports and fitness centre and the newly developing Walled Garden. Over £40 million has been invested over the last six years and Jane Bonney who started as Head Gardener a year ago to redevelop the Walled Garden which had become outdated without being of historical interest. Jane is developing features that will be more useful to students at the college as well as aesthetically pleasing. This will include a RHS AGM garden, a hedge garden, a herb garden, colour wheel and an open air theatre area. It will be a excellent opportunity to see the development of this garden in it’s early stages and in the College’s Diamond jubilee year.
Ellerker House was originally the office of Everingham estate, owned by the Duke of Norfolk, who also owns Carlton Towers. The garden extends to 5 acres and consists of parkland, home to many mature trees including Pine, Beech and Oak, some unusual and a formal lawn surrounded by colour themed herbaceous borders planted for texture and colour throughout the year.
A Rose archway planted with old English Roses leads towards the lake which is surrounded by a woodland pathway made from tree roots and stumps. This is planted with many bulbs, hellebores and aconites and many other plants to give a mass of colour in the spring. A traditional thatched breeze hut is positioned to allow optimum viewing of the lake and surrounding garden.
For the energetic there is a woodland walk exhibiting a carpet of Bluebells and Rhododendrons.
10.30 am Arrival at Bishop Burton College – coffee/tea and biscuits.
11.00 am Tour of college facilities with Jane Bonney
12.15 pm Lunch in Ostlers
1.30 pm Tour of Walled Garden
3.00 pm Drive to Ellerker House
3.30 pm Tour of the garden with Roz Los (owner).
4.30 pm Tea and cakes before departure
Cost for the day is £14.00
BookingBook Online or contact David Barker for this event.
Bishop Burton College
Postcode for sat nav – HU17 8QG.
On the A1079 York to Beverley, turn right for Everingham before the A614 roundabout. Follow road to Harswell and Ellerker is on right. Postcode for sat nav – YO42 4JA