RYEDALE residents are invited to explore Scampston Walled Garden and Parkland for free this weekend.

The annual community weekend allows people in the area to visit the gardens on Saturday, and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

Chris Legard, owner of Scampston Hall, said: “We love the incredible buzz at our community weekends – it’s great to see so many people enjoying what lies on their doorstep."

“The Walled Garden was designed to have a very different character across the seasons. It is particularly special in autumn when it has turned golden and the grasses look truly spectacular. The trees in the parkland are also something to behold at this time of year.”

Proof of address, such as a utility bill, will be required for free entry. Visitors will need to present this in the ticket office on arrival.

The walled garden and parkland will be open for visitors until Sunday, October 29. Opening hours for the gardens and the garden café are Tuesday to Sunday, and Mondays, from 10am to 5pm.