Wensleydale Creamery rises to RHS challenge

Welcome to Yorkshire has partnered with Wensleydale Creamery for next month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26).

The creamery is in Hawes, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is the inspiration for this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire show garden.

The aim of the garden is to showcase the county to the world and encourage people to visit the area to see its beauty.

As well as a Dales landscape and traditional cottage garden, this year’s design by Mark Gregory features a craftsman’s creamery where artisan cheese production will take place.

The creamery will be supplying Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese-making artefacts to help bring this part of the garden to life.

Yorkshire Wensleydale is the only Wensleydale cheese that is actually made in Wensleydale.

Its history dates back to 1150 and it uses cows’ milk from more than 40 local farms.

The creamery’s visitor centre welcomes 300,000 visitors per year. It features the Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience with a cheese-making viewing gallery, and a cheese shop with free cheese tasting of more than 20 varieties; Calvert’s Restaurant; coffee shop and gift shop.

David Hartley (pictured), managing director at The Wensleydale Creamery, said: “The Yorkshire Dales-inspired garden will showcase the environment and history of cheese-making, and, of course, our famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

“The partnership will provide a little piece of the Yorkshire Dales in Chelsea; the garden setting will allow us tell our historic story and showcase our much-loved Yorkshire Wensleydale.”

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “Visitors will be surprised and delighted by this year’s design and inspired to come and see the stunning Dales National Park and the Creamery Visitor Centre for themselves.”