The Wilderness is one of the 18th century English Landscape Garden features that survives in the park. It was the perfect place for a leisurely walk with family or friends and we want to recreate this in the modern park.
Tucked away in the Wilderness are the ruins of the Doric Seat, an 18th century neo-classical folly which was used as a place to walk out to and as a place to take tea in the 18th century. We are reinterpreting the Doric Seat as a quiet place for a picnic, to relax or as somewhere for a story. The outline of the structure will be recreated as a low stone wall and visitors will be able to visualise what the original folly looked like and the view it would have had over the Ouse Valley.
We are also creating new, wheelchair-accessible footpaths to meander through the Wilderness as originally intended, where we are also planting new trees and shrubs. A boardwalk will lead underneath the ancient Lime Tree to protect its roots for the future.