AN 18th century walled garden with unique views of a landmark castle and tower is opening to the public during Richmond's GeorgeFest .

Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden was built by John Yorke II, who lived with his wife, Anne, in a 17th century mansion by the banks of the River Swale in Richmond.

The garden’s next-door neighbour is Culloden Tower which was built as a parkland ornament or folly around 1746.

The Yorke family’s mansion was demolished in the early 19th century, and the Walled Garden was later used as a market garden.

In the 1980s it was planted with a variety of interesting saplings that were to be grown on for sale, but many were left and are now mature.

The garden's current owners, Dennis and Marcia McLuckie have restored and redesigned the garden, which now has shrubs, trees, lawns, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and a vegetable garden.

The restoration work started around eight-years-ago and Mrs McLuckie said, “We still don’t get much time to sit in the garden as there is still lot to do but that doesn’t really matter as we enjoy developing it.

"I suppose a garden is never really done as there are always new ideas and tempting plants to work with."

The garden will be open on Sunday, August 18 from 1pm to 5.30pm and Richmond artist, Judi Allinson will set up her easel to paint flowers and trees from life on the day.

Admission is £5, children under 16 free and all profits are for Welcome to Richmond projects.