Wortley Hall’s beautiful Gardens stand 11 miles to the north west of Sheffield in the village of Wortley. A grand, sweeping driveway from the village leads you to the magnificent 26 acres of Gardens, which are laid out in the Italianate style on an eastward facing slope enjoying magnificent views through the vale of Worsborough and beyond.
Within the 11 acres of formal Gardens you will find a great deal to interest the keen horticulturist the 100 metre long Peace Walk planted with herbaceous perennials on one side and old English Roses on the other.
For further information on Wortley Hall’s gardens please visit www.wortleyheritage.org.uk
Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens
Considerable neglect of the gardens took place in the period from the First World War to the 1950s. Today, the Hall is surrounded by beautiful gardens still utilising some of the original structure. The Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens consists of a team of four gardeners, who are working to maintain and restore the gardens, and receive national awards for their efforts. To find out more about their efforts please visit their website www.fowhg.org.uk
A spectacular blast of colour…
Under the south facing Palladian front of the Hall, the Italianate terracing and many of the formal features remain but what was once a parterre garden, is now lawned. This sets off the magnificent displays of Summer bedding in the urns and around the fountain, which brings a spectacular blast of colour during the Summer months.
The 15 acres of pleasure grounds really are a sight to visit; with plantings from the 17th and 18th Century, including a hollow Sessile Oak 24 feet in girth and some 500 years old.
The Old Kitchen Garden
In the last couple of years the Kitchen Garden has been given a new lease of life by Heeley City Farm, it is now growing organic fruit and vegetables which are sold in local farmers markets and used in the Hall’s kitchens. Some of the old varieties of fruit trees still remain in the Kitchen Garden including a cordon of pear trees, a variety of which (‘Soldat Labourer’) is one of only two examples remaining in the UK.