Scampston Conservatory

The Heritage Learning Centre

Built in 1894, The William Richardson conservatory and the adjacent bothies were restored in 2015.

This beautifully restored building now houses three multi-use education rooms, a bothy community garden area and a central hot house all providing facilities for education & adult learning.

Our bothy garden, containing raised beds, a workshop and glass houses, is regularly used by our local community care agencies and family trusts such as Wilf Ward, Acorn, Living Well, North Yorkshire County Council and Camphill Village Trust. The peaceful garden setting offers a permanent space for adults with a learning or cognitive disability to come and enjoy both mental and physical therapeutic benefits of working with nature.

The conservatory runs as a not for profit making organisation. All money raised by the sales of courses, events, plants, vegetables and fairs goes directly into funding our community educational objectives. As a not for profit organisation, we also rely on the dedication, skills and passion of our amazing team of volunteers.

Our conservatory is also a host for regular school and college visits. For primary schools, we offer a programme which includes a range of ‘hands-on’ activities for pupils, introducing them to the world of conservation and nature study. For secondary schools and colleges, our classroom and grounds support teaching programmes in photography, art, travel/tourism and media studies.

Volunteer with us

The Heritage & Learning Centre, and all the projects it runs, is made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. Whether your interest is gardening, heritage, working with children or arts & crafts, get in touch to find out the diverse ways you can help support the Conservatory. Click here or email to find out more.

Education & Learning
Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory has developed an educational and learning programme to meet the needs of the local community and beyond
Courses & Lectures
Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory is pleased to host a full itinerary of events throughout the year.
At Scampston Conservatory we offer a wide range of volunteering roles that support the running of the Heritage & Learning Centre.
"The Conservatory @ Scampston Gardens offers a relaxed working atmosphere, with conscientious staff on hand to help out when needed."
Emily Kyle, WP Event Management
"I love being a volunteer at Scampston due to the varied roles offered. It’s a beautiful place to volunteer, and the rest of the volunteer team are lovely! "
"I love the variation in tasks, from watering the pelargoniums, making the garden displays & craft work. I find Scampston Walled Garden a relaxing place to volunteer and meet new people."
"Scampston has given me an insight into a very different way of life – not just the fact that it is a hall with a park and walled garden, but above all, the people that making it a living estate."