AN appeal to help save an historic walled garden is less than £2,000 off its £50,000 target.

Helmsley Walled Garden, which features in this year’s forthcoming cinema release The Secret Garden starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx, is a charity reliant on entry fees, grants and donations.

It launched its Our Secret Garden campaign in March to raise at least £50,000 after it was unable to open this season due to coronavirus.

As of today, donations have reached just over £48,500.

The campaign offers people the chance to adopt a square metre of the garden. All areas available are listed on

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