Scape Lodge, the peak of Pennine planting

A remarkable contemporary garden whose adventurous planting more than matches some exhilarating views from the steeply sloping site in the Pennines, enjoy a visit with owners Elizabeth and David Smith to Scape Lodge, Huddersfield.

A closer look


At 1,000 ft above sea level Scape Lodge is probably the National Gardens Scheme’s highest, but once in the garden you are treated to a luxurious horticultural kaleidoscope which belies the exposed position.

Elizabeth and David have overcome the challenges of the steep slope by creating planting in adjacent levels linked by steps and paths. The planting is informal and colour themed which cleverly softens the structural lines and for a small area there are many surprises to be discovered by following winding gravel paths past borders with bold mixtures of foliage and colour, vibrantly planted pots with seasonal colour and the terraced kitchen and cutting garden. And wherever you are, lifting your eyes from the detail gives the ever-present views to the Pennines.


The garden was a Regional Finalist,  in The English Garden’s The Nation’s Favourite Gardens 2019 – the only one in Yorkshire!

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