Riot of colour at restored gardens

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Katie Pryor and her dog Tig are among the visitors marvelling at the newly restored gardens at Castle Howard, near York, where the rhododendron and azalea collection has burst into life.

The woodland garden, originally laid out in Ray Wood by plantsman James Russell, who was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour presented to British horticulturists, is now in the final stages of a three-year long restoration by the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, which includes the opening up of new pathways for visitors.

The 18th century Castle Howard is set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is renowned for its annual displays of blooming daffodils, rhododendrons, delphiniums and roses.

Picture: Tony Bartholomew.