THE EVER-changing landscape at East Riddlesden Hall is about to take the first steps in reconnecting with its agricultural roots.

When Mother Nature is involved the harmonious working relationship between gardener and a larger force is one of surprise and compromise.

In the last week new fencing has been erected, with careful consideration about what the priorities are.

In recent years sheep have grazed a portion of the fields and the highland cattle have arrived, meaning that shift towards traditional grazing methods has begun. These graceful beasts are wonderful to watch, so come down to the fields and see our new guests up close.

The plans to create a hay meadow will put the Great Barn at the centre of the estate once more come harvest time. While methods of farming may have progressed dramatically in the past 400 years, the taste of new and old will sit comfortably together under the eaves of the 17th century structure.

The small stream which makes its way to the river has not escaped the plans. Encouraging wildlife, aquatic plants, spawning salmon and trout, along with natural vegetation, has been central in the thought process.

To encourage more wild flowers and butterflies to call this area their home, a small fence now surrounds the area, offering subtle protection. Next summer, nature’s hum of activity will be present.

During the winter months the arrival of 500 metres of hedgerow will provide the ideal opportunity for community participation in the planting project. Volunteers from National Trust places like Marsden Moor, Hardcastle Crags and West Yorkshire Volunteer groups are all on hand to help, however, more help is needed.

Planting the all-important hedgerow is the perfect opportunity for individuals and families to come together and experience what’s involved when working hand in hand with nature. If you would like get involved please email the National Trust team at

You don’t have to look far to see and feel the shift in seasons. The trees at East Riddlesden Hall are preparing to give a grand explosion of colour.

This wonderful show provides the perfect backdrop for spooky Hallowe’en fun! Pumpkins will show their scary faces here and there; the question is where will you find them?

The traditional falcon mews will take on a new twist with pumpkin creatures taking up residence. Dark corners of the Great Barn, complete with real cobwebs, is the perfect spot for a creepy story.

Come dressed in your best outfits for Hallowe’en, wrap up warm since the barn can be chilly and make the most of the daylight hours. General admission applies.

If all this is not enough then the community annual Halloween party will delight even the scariest of characters. This will take place on Sunday, October 30 from 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm in the Airedale Barn, which will be wildly decorated for the day.

Dress for the occasion, then enjoy fun music played by the DJ, face painting, themed crafts and a children’s entertainer. Visit for further information and to book tickets.