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Showing the Love for the Valley Gardens

13th February 2015

Categories: News

Visitors are showing their love for the Valley Gardens in their millions!  This iconic English Heritage Grade II listed park, named by RHS Britain in Bloom in 2009 as the country's favourite park,  has always been a firm favourite with Harrogate residents and visitors alike!  However, no one knew quite how much until the Borough Council's Parks Team started using an electronic counting device in 2012 and the results are staggering!

Over the last year, there have been a truly mind boggling 3,151,852 visits to the park - which itself represents an increase of 158,534 over the previous 12 months.

Perhaps this should not come as a surprise to those of us who know and love the Valley Gardens so well!  They were developed as an area through which the genteel Victorian gentlemen and women could stroll when they came to partake of the health-giving Spa Waters and contain a greater number of mineral springs than anywhere else on earth - no fewer than 36 of Harrogate's 88 mineral wells are found within the gardens.

Over the years the park has developed to offer a wide range of attractions and features which appeal to all the family - including a boating pool and popular Magnesia Well Cafe, a delightful band stand offering Summer Sunday afternoon concerts, outdoor games facilities including tennis courts, pitch & putt and crazy golf and a truly awesome adventure playground and skate park for the young and young at heart!

In all the gardens cover some 17 acres of park, woodland and floral displays which together with the neighbouring Pinewoods provide a wonderful free-to-enter breathing space which is beloved by residents and visitors to the town.

Harrogate and the surrounding district has a great wealth of gardens both formal and more naturalized that have also seen growth in visitor figures; RHS Harlow Carr has seen a 30% increase over the last 4 years whilst Newby Hall and Studley Royal both near Ripon are welcoming more and more visitors each year.

It's no surprise that Harrogate took the Gold prize in the Small City category at the RHS Britain in Bloom UK awards - why not visit the area for yourself to see that it's Blooming Marvellous!

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