In 2002 the Community Orchard Group launched their ambitious project to restore the old walled garden behind Hudson House, formerly Barclays Bank in Reeth. This property was saved for the community when Barclays plc agreed to sell the site to Hudson House Ltd, a local community company, for use as a much-needed Rural Resource Centre that would give easier access to a variety of essential services.
The garden was then derelict and overgrown. It took many months of sensitive volunteer labour to bring it back into use as a productive orchard. When completed it was planned also to provide a secluded location to be used by the people of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale for leisure activities, education, training, special events and exhibitions, and the official Opening finally took place on April 30th, 2004. We're planning to celebrate 20 years of the garden restoration in the coming months. We'll keep you posted!