Low Sutton - Masham
We moved to our small holding at Low Sutton in January 2007 having moved from The Old Vicarage in Darley near Harrogate where we provided bed and breakfast accommodation specialising in guests who had a similar passion to ours, namely a love of gardens.
We also opened our garden for the NGS (National Garden Scheme) for a number of years. Our move to Masham meant we left behind a beautiful garden with fond memories to look back on.
Its good to have a challenge to focus the mind in ones life and Low Sutton certainly provided that challenge requiring a 3 year restoration of the house together with 6 acres of land to rescue from the clutches of mother nature. No garden existed at that time but with hard physical work and a small compact tractor a garden was born in early 2008 with the erection of a greenhouse and an arrangement of circular beds within a wheel configuration. This initial stage was sufficient for us to be supplied with vegetables that growing season.
In 2009 the garden was completed with the introduction of a large fruit cage and further beds constructed to increase the potential to supply all our own fruit and vegetables. The garden abounds with herbaceous plants and the picket fencing protecting the garden from rabbits are clothed in an abundance of roses and clematis. The grounds around the house have been landscaped with a retaining dry stone wall.
In the spring of 2010 we opened our house to paying guests, renovations having been completed to a high standard as expected by guests.
We pride ourselves that we have chosen to adopt a carbon friendly footprint approach to our lifestyle to reduce our impact on the planet. Two solar panels for hot water helps to keep electricity bills in check, and most of our lighting uses LED bulbs. We are very particular about where our food comes from and what it contains, sourcing locally produced ingredients where possible with an emphasis on supporting the British food industry and using fair trade certified products when appropriate.
As a consequence of buying fresh ingredients and keeping processed foods to a minimum we produce very little waste and the small amount we do produce is recycled by the local authorities in a kerbside collection. Any suitable organic waste is recycled in our compost bins or hot bin.
national garden scheme
In July of 2011 we opened our garden for the NGS assisted by the ladies from Fearby and Healey WI who helped to make the day a great success. Judi is herself a member of the WI and appreciated the help they were able to give.
Despite a poor summer we opened the garden in July 2012 and it was a great success with a relatively dry day again, assisted once more by the local WI. Our open day on 28th July 2013 was a sunny and warm day after a wet start, with a good turnout of visitors.
On 22nd June 2014 we opened jointly with a new but well established garden belonging to our neighbours at Sutton Grange. The weather was hot and sunny encouraging 215 visitors to our opening. With the help of friends and the local WI the day was a great success
Our second opening on our own on 20th July was not as busy but nonetheless a good turnout with good weather. As with previous openings Jen from Dark Star Plants at East Rounton kept the visitors entertained with her selection of plants.
We opened the garden again on 21st June 2015 for the NGS with Sutton Grange, and had 153 visitors with the weather staying dry.
We opened our garden on 28th February 2016 with Sutton Grange for the Snowdrop Festival which was a first for us and thankfully the snowdrops did us proud with good weather considering the time of year.
We will continue to open our gardens twice a year with a joint opening again on 26th February and 16th July 2017 so please come and visit to support the NGS and the charities it supports. We are open from midday to 5pm.
low sutton wool
In 2012 we began processing our own sheep fleeces and sourcing other local flocks to start our own on line shop and supply selected outlets to sell wool and a range of knitting kits designed by Judi. Perhaps arrange to visit us, meet our sheep and view our range of products here at Low Sutton, Masham (by appointment). Group visits: WI, knitting and craft groups etc are all welcome.