Silence is golden at Thorp Perrow


Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale is to become the first ‘Northern’ garden to participate in a new project which aims to create a quiet space for visitors to enjoy a moment of peace, away from phones and the distractions of modern life.

Silent Space is a project initiated and run by Oxfordshire based garden writer, Liz Ware. The project invites public gardens to reserve a dedicated area where visitors are given the opportunity to wander, sit, or reflect silently, without interruption in a beautiful place.

‘Our lives are very hectic and we rarely allow ourselves time to be quiet’ says Liz Ware. ‘It’s all too easy to miss out on the restorative benefits of being peaceful in a green place’. Recent research has shown that spending short periods of time in silence and enjoying the sounds of the nature is not only very good for us but it also deepens our connection with the natural world.

‘I’m delighted that Thorp Perrow is joining the project – our first Arboretum and our first ‘northern’ Silent Space’ says Liz. How wonderful to have the chance to be silent in the midst of such a spectacular private collection – to be able to really pay attention to the birdsong and to the sound of the breeze in the trees.’

Running to an extensive 100 acres, Thorp Perrow boasts one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the North of England. Currently home to five ‘National Plant Collections’ and 67 ‘Champion Trees’, the Arboretum is laid out in Sections inter-connected via paths, glades, bays, and avenues. Autumn Bay 1 has been chosen as the location for the ‘Silent Space’. It is an area off the beaten track which is planted especially for stunning Autumn colour, but which is a tranquil space with beauty throughout the year and is home to wildlife, interesting Fungus and an array of wonderful plants.

Thorp Perrow’s ‘Silent Space’ is open to the public from 10am to 5pm every day, visit to plan your visit, or to learn more about the Silent Space project, visit

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