Forum 2023 – Harewood House and walled kitchen gardens of North YorkshireBack to the Events & Training

Date: 6th & 7th October 2023
Locations: Harewood House, Yorkshire

The Kitchen Garden and the Kitchen

We are hugely pleased to announce Harewood House as our venue for 2023, with thanks to Trevor Nicholson, Head of Gardens & Grounds, and the Trustees at Harewood. The theme this year will look at the historic relationship between the Kitchen Garden and the Kitchen – a vitally important collaboration for the management of Estates and their households historically, many again recognising and enjoying the benefits and working together.

Booking for the Forum is OPEN – you can download the registration form  in Word or as pdf:

Booking form – Harewood House 2023


The first day, Friday 6th October, will be at Harewood House, where we will meet from 9am, with talks during the morning, from our speakers; Trevor Nicholson, Steffie Shields, Claudio Bincoletto, Bent Varming and James Golding.

After lunch, we will spend the afternoon in the 18thC walled kitchen gardens with Trevor and his team and return to the Courtyard with time for discussions, Q&A and tea.

On Saturday 7th, we will visit other  Walled Kitchen Gardens in N Yorkshire. Details of both days – speakers and gardens, are available – see Further Information

Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House, built during the mid-18th century, has over 50 ha (100 acres) of landscaped gardens laid out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, set within a wider estate of over 350 ha.

Trevor Nicholson, oversees this landscape, including of course, the Walled Garden, which sits at the far side of the Lake. It is the oldest garden at Harewood, already under construction when building at Harewood House began in 1759. Its purpose – to provide the kitchens with the finest fresh fruit and vegetables.

Susan Campbell writes: The kitchen garden at Harewood was designed by Lancelot Brown between the years of 1758 and 1781 for the owner, Edwin Lascelles. It is unique in that it looks like an island in the lake created by Brown, but in fact it is built on a promontory jutting into the west side. The lake was created by damming the Stank Beck that flows through the western part of the estate.

A watercolour by Turner, painted in 1797, shows how well the kitchen garden melts into the wider landscape. It is also noticeable that the lake can be seen from the mansion, but not the kitchen garden.

Access to the walled gardens can be on foot following the path down through the Himalayan Gardens or across on the ferry, and there will be transport available for those that would prefer not to walk too far.