First-ever open day for Whitby’s physic garden

The physic garden will be open to visitors at the YHA-owned Abbey House in Whitby
The physic garden will be open to visitors at the YHA-owned Abbey House in Whitby

PEOPLE are being offered the opportunity to visit the Physic Garden at Abbey House in Whitby at its first-ever open day.

Volunteer garden enthusiasts have braved all types of weather during the past 18 months to begin to transform the tired space into a garden that delights, uplifts and provides an educational resource for thousands of visiting school children.

Volunteers will be on site to discuss the garden renovations with visitors.

Children can join in the fun with a specially staged archaeological dig designed to give an insight into Whitby’s past and have the opportunity to make plague bags using herbs grown in the garden.

YHA Whitby’s education team will be ready to guide budding archaeologists and historians – suitable for children six to 12 years.

As well as the aesthetic and sensory appeal the Physic Garden - a type of herb garden with medicinal plants - provides a fantastic resource for the YHA.

Hostel manager Damian Parker said: “We have a real commitment to working outside the classroom with our visiting school groups and this project is a great way of supporting that.

“Many of the schoolchildren do not have their own gardens and we can massively increase their awareness of the environment and Yorkshire’s Heritage.

“As well as learning about horticulture we have education activities based in the garden including an archaeological dig and building Viking longboats.”

Entry by donation to The Friends of the Physic Garden. Abbey House tea rooms will be open 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Dogs will not be allowed in.