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The Secret Garden, Northallerton

Location: Off High Street in Northallerton, alongside Zion URC Church, 178 High Street Northallerton North Yorkshire DL7 8JZ England

Type: Place Of Worship  /  Offers accommodation? No  /  

Open: Appointment only  /  Garden Capacity:

Garden Description:

The garden is accessed via the church archway from the High Street between Ramsden’s the jewellers and Kitson's butchers. The entrance gateway is on the left as you pass down the side of the church.

A peaceful haven in the heart of town. Come, wander round, enjoy the peace and tranquility. Maybe buy a plant or two to support our project.

Our aims:

  • To provide a therapeutic space for individuals or groups from our community who may find the garden a helpful place to be
  • To increase wildlife and biodiversity within the heart of town
  • To provide sustainably grown fresh fruit and vegetables to share with any of the volunteers, their families, or groups in town as needed.

We are usually open Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm whilst we garden and Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am to simply wander and enjoy. This may vary with the time of year and weather.

Special days are set aside for quiet reflection through the year and will be advertised, but the garden can be available at other times if requested.

A small group usually meets in the cottage at Zion every Thursday 1.00pm – 1.30pm for meditation, mindfulness, contemplation; a gift of half an hour of stillness and silence in a hectic life! All are invited to come and explore this valued resource! During the pandemic, this has become a “virtual group”. You are still very welcome.

Contact details

For Quiet Garden Trust matters

Alexa Barber 


Tee: 01423 360786 


For volunteering and Secret Garden matters

Host: Alexa Barber / Liz Styan

Email:  /  

Tel 07902348850



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  Quiet Gardens are following their national government advice – some have re-opened, whilst others remain closed. Please contact the individual Quiet Garden to confirm. Stay up-to-date with our virtual updates and news via our our blogemail list, TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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  1. With the Angels in the Easter Garden at Northallerton By Trevor Jamison

    At the end of April I travelled to Zion United Reformed Church Northallerton to take part in Angels in the Easter Garden, a day for worship, silence and reflection, led by the Reverend Andrew De Smet, Anglican priest, counsellor, artist, and enthusiast for religious icons.

    As the title suggested, biblical angels, as unexpected agents of new life, was the theme for the day. Gentle introductory worship opened the day for around twenty participants, some from Zion URC, others from various churches, and yet others claiming no particular church connection.

    The pattern of the day was to hear Andrew speak, then spend time alone in silence, before re-gathering to listen and reflect once again. As well as having the church building available to us we also had the wonderful resource of the congregation’s extensive, beautiful “secret garden” within which to sit. Being blessed with a sunny day was also no hardship.

    Silence was also the order of the day for lunch. Participants were given the choice of “bring your own” or enjoying the excellent meal provided by the church team. This set the bar very high for any congregation claiming the Northern Synod “top caterer” prize as far as I am concerned!

    After our closing worship, I came away from the day refreshed by the silence, pondering the role of angels (and full of food). I’m also more convinced than ever of the potential of church gardens to be places of spiritual encounter; a rich resource for congregations to explore faith; an effective means by which to engage with groups and communities around them.

    If you have not explored the Northallerton Secret Garden, I strongly suggest that you pay a visit.

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