Wensleydale to make Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chelsea garden cream of the crop

Welcome to Yorkshire is delighted to announce that they are teaming up with the multi award-winning Wensleydale Creamery for this year’s RHS Chelsea garden.

The Creamery is based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is the inspiration for this year’s show garden. The aim of the garden is to showcase the county to the world and encourage people to visit the area to see its beauty first hand.

As well as a stunning Dales landscape and traditional cottage garden, this year’s design by Mark Gregory features a stone bothy converted into a craftsman’s creamery where genuine artisan cheese production will take place.

The Creamery will be supplying genuine Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese-making artefacts to help bring this part of the garden authentically to life. Yorkshire Wensleydale is the only Wensleydale cheese that is actually made in Wensleydale.

Its history dates back to 1150 and its unique modern-day taste is down to the skills passed down through generations of master cheese-makers and the top-quality cows’ milk from over 40 local farms.

These farms are non-intensive, and the cows graze on fields with considerable biodiversity; the milk has a distinctive flavour due to the geology, flora and protected environmental status of the area.

Other authentic elements in the garden will be the dry-stone walls which will be crafted from genuine Yorkshire stone on loan from the Bolton Estate which will be returned there after the show.

A brand-new artist’s impression of the garden has now been released.

David Hartley, Managing Director at The Wensleydale Creamery, said:

“We are delighted to be joining Welcome to Yorkshire for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The Yorkshire Dales inspired garden will showcase the environment and history of cheese- making, and of course our famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. We can’t wait for visitors to engage with our craftsmen’s creamery at the show.

“The partnership will provide a little piece of the Yorkshire Dales in Chelsea; the garden setting will allow us tell our historic story and showcase our much-loved Yorkshire Wensleydale.

“I’m sure the garden will attract lots of attention and be a valuable and memorable addition to the show.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said:

“We’re delighted to be teaming up with Wensleydale Creamery to showcase this breath-taking area and award-winning cheese to the world. I know their passion, dedication and skill when it comes to cheese making will be perfectly complimented by the beauty of the garden.

“Visitors will be surprised and delighted by this year’s design and inspired to come and see the stunning Dales National Park and the Creamery Visitor Centre for themselves.”


1 Comment

  • Carole Thompson

    I wish you had told me earlier about your garden at Chelsea, we alternate every year between Chelsea and Hampton court flower shows. Had we known of your beautiful garden we would definitely have come to Chelsea, as it is we have tickets for Hampton court instead. Please let me know earlier if you intend to show case your lovely cheeses then I can purchase tickets accordingly.
    All the best for a gold medal!