East Riding of Yorkshire Council staff have replaced one of the most iconic trees at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, which was lost during severe weather in March.
Gardeners at the venue have replaced the monkey puzzle tree, which was originally planted 150 years ago.
Monkey puzzle trees are native to Argentina and Chile and the original, along with several others, was planted at Sewerby Hall and Gardens in 1868 - forming one of the most successful plantations of such trees in the north of the UK.
It is believed that it was grown, on site, by Yarburgh Lloyd-Greame from seeds he brought back from his trip to South America in the early 1860s.
Marie Gascoigne, facility manager at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, said : “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to plant a new monkey puzzle, to maintain the tradition of these magnificent trees here at Sewerby Hall and Gardens. The new arrival helps to offset the sadness we all felt at the loss of the original tree.”
For those who would like a festive stroll and a chance to see the new tree, the Gardens are open all year round, (only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) and admission is free during the winter months. The Clock Tower Café is also open, serving a range of hot and cold refreshments.
The house is open at weekends only during the winter season, from 11.30am - 3.30pm (last admission 3pm). However, the house will also be open between Christmas and New Year, on 27 and 28 December. Admission charges to the house apply : £3.50 for adults, and £2.50 for children, or £11 for a family ticket.
The zoo is also open every day with daily feeding times for the lemurs, coatis, and the ever popular penguins. (Admission to the zoo is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children, or £11 for a family ticket.)
Tickets for the house and zoo combined cost £6 for adults; £4 for children; or £19 for a family.
For full details, visitwww.sewerbyhall.co.uk
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