A slice of Yorkshire Wensleydale in Chelsea

We seem to have just come down for the amazing, beautiful and colourful whirlwind which was the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire garden, inspired by the iconic Yorkshire Dales, won a prestigious GOLD award, Best Construction award and the BBC People’s Choice Award – all of which we are thrilled about!

Flat-cap hats off to fellow Yorkshireman Mark Gregory who marked his 30th consecutive year at the prestigious show. His stunning design evokes a Yorkshire landscape, with drystone walls, flower-filled meadows, a fast-flowing stream and tumbling beck. Centre stage is a picturesque and authentic stone bothy (which is where we were cheese-making!) with a beautiful cottage garden filled with flowers and veg (and yes, we got to take home a Chelsea garden-grown lettuce!).

The garden proved a major hit with both celebrity and VIP guests who were wowed by a Yorkshire brass band (@bradfordbrass) and a genuine Wensleydale sheep at the launch on day 1 of the show. Even the Queen was delighted by the garden!

Delightable details:

  • The design contained woodland, lush pastures, varied plants and flowers, a cultivated cottage garden, and a tumbling beck with dramatic fast flowing water.
  • 35 tonnes of walling stone and 15 tonnes of glacial boulders was been collected in the Dales for the Welcome to Yorkshire show garden at RHS Chelsea. It was all on loan from the Bolton Estate to make sure the garden was authentically Yorkshire!
  • Pride of place in the garden stood a stone bothy which has been converted into a craftsman’s creamery!

We are so proud to have been told our sampling of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese brought the garden to life and were delighted to be able to showcase the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, and shout about our award-winning cheese produced here at The Wensleydale Creamery. Genuine cheese-making took place all weekend and we absolutely loved handing out cheese samples to the people of Chelsea and beyond – our brand new Yorkshire Cheddar went down a storm too!

A lot of you only got to see the outside of the stone bothy – so here’s a sneak peek at what was happening inside!


We’d like to say a huge thanks and well done to all involved in showcasing God’s own County to the entire world.

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