Pink red and white spring flowers on rockery

What a wonderful world

Bishopthorpe Gardens throughout the year

The woods in the grounds of Bishopthorpe are home to a large number of insects, butterflies and moths and everything that feeds on them including nuthatch, siskin, finches, great spotted woodpeckers and pipistrelle bats. Roe deer, red fox, and stoat also roam freely in the woods. 

Butterfly sitting on flower, wings open
Four owls sit together on tree branch

The River Ouse forms a natural boundary to the south east side of the garden. The riverbank is home to kingfishers, great crested grebes and a rare visitor to Bishopthorpe grounds - the otter.

3 cygnets on the Rive Ouse
The river Ouse from Bishopthorpe Palace
Spring

At this time of the year the grounds are a carpet of colour with a show of bulbs that includes scillas, snowdrops and wood aconites. Trees are in bud and thousands of daffodils are on the move, heading for a spectacular Spring show.

Bishopthorpe Gatehouse seen through tulips
Summer

Summer and the garden is at its peak.  Annual beds and perennial borders are in full colour attracting many insects including bees, who take advantage of the pollen to take back to the hives that are placed around the grounds

Minster rose in bloom

The fact is, wherever you are, Poutasi in Samoa or Pickering in the great vale of Yorkshire, the ground of God’s earth is holy. It is this ground, this land that is the meeting place of earth and heaven, that becomes the place of our encounter with the living God. Where heaven touches earth surprising things happen. For our gracious God makes the impossible possible.

Archbishop Sentamu
Autumn

The woodland changes from shades of green to golds and reds, producing a stunning display.  Shrubs and trees are laden with berries quickly being stripped by blackbirds, thrushes and redwings.  Winter bedding and bulbs are planted for a spring display.

Bishopthorpe grounds in autumn/winter
Winter

The cold of winter arrives, trees and other plants begin to shut down.  Important work is to be done.  It's a time for regeneration, pruning and planting of new trees and shrubs,  The rewards will be reaped next year as we look forward to the new shoots and colours of spring.

Bishopthorpe gatehouse in the snow during sunsent