William Wordsworth’s garden takes first prize

helen and trophy

The gardens of one of Britain’s most iconic literary houses have won another award.

Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth for most of his life, scooped the first prize in the visitor attractions and historic houses category.

The prize, a trophy donated by Windermere Lake Cruises, was awarded by Ambleside Horticultural and Craft Society and Lakes Parish Council in the annual “parish in bloom” competition.

The extensive gardens are being restored according to plans made by Wordsworth when he lived at Rydal Mount, near Ambleside. The trophy was collected by head gardener Helen Green.

Curator Peter Elkington, who has been overseeing the garden project said: “Helen is a treasure and we are thrilled to receive this award. The gardens are loved by visitors from all over the world, and they were featured in a major Chinese travel magazine earlier this year.

“Wordsworth used to say that he would have been a landscape gardener had he not been successful as a poet. We think he would be very pleased with our efforts today at Rydal Mount.”


Photo: Head gardener Helen Green and the trophy


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