A group of carers took time out from looking after relatives and friends to enjoy a visit to a stunning hilltop garden at Scapegoat Hill.

The group from Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire spent a day at Scape Lodge with owners Elizabeth and David Smith.

The magnificent garden is 1,000ft up in the Pennines with a steeply sloping site offering incredible views across the area.

The visit was made possible through a partnership that began in 1996 between UK charity Carers Trust and the National Garden Scheme. Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire is part of Carers Trust’s network of local support organisations, who all have the opportunity to visit National Garden Scheme sites across the UK as part of the partnership.

For the carers, it was a rare break from their usual responsibilities at home, allowing them the chance to relax and chat in beautiful surroundings.

Elizabeth and David (below) created the garden, building on the work of the previous owners, after moving there 12 years ago. They also open the garden to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme, which raises money for various charities including Carers Trust.



Emma Hartley, Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire’s development and care manager, said: “The event was great, the garden was amazing and we were very much welcomed by owners David and Elizabeth.

“All our carers had a good day and we just managed to dodge the rain. We went on to enjoy a beautifully prepared lunch with some delicious cakes afterwards.

“The National Garden Scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for carers to go and take in the breathtaking views and have some time to themselves.”

There are an estimated seven million unpaid carers in the UK and research from Carers Trust shows their responsibilities are growing as the social care crisis forces people to look after family and friends at home.

One in eight are caring for an extra 50 hours or more a week than they used to, while 68% are unable to get a respite break when they need one, making trips like these all the more valuable.



George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “The partnership with Carers Trust allows the National Garden Scheme not only to support a hugely important group in society through our funding but to also provide a few hours respite from their often demanding roles as carers in the best way possible – by visiting a garden.

“Our research continues to show that time spent in a garden, away from stresses and strains, and among the beauty of nature, can really help lift the spirits.

“We’re delighted that the group from Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire enjoyed their visit to David and Elizabeth’s wonderful garden.”

To find out more about National Garden Scheme gardens visit www.ngs.org.uk