The story of the changing dynamics of the landscape, gardens and buildings of Yester, East Lothian reflect fashions from the 13th century onwards. Remnants of Yester’s intriguing history can still be seen on the ground and interpreted, though most of its elaborate gardens have been lost. An hour of illustrated talks by Stephanie Leith, East Lothian archaeologist, Kristina Taylor garden historian and Victoria Fletcher local historian, and a member of the original family who owned Yester, will be held in Gifford Village Hall.


The talks will be accompanied by a 2-hour walk around the estate with Donald Rodger arboricultural consultant to look at the champion trees on the estate and evidence of the lost gardens. Talks and walk to be booked separately through the East Lothian website at Eventbrite.

Many thanks to Gareth and Nicola Woods for generously sharing their gardens and landscape.

Talks at 12 noon at Gifford Village Hall. Donations to the Gardens Trust at door. 

Walks: Maximum of 20 participants. Suitable footwear for walking across fields is necessary and rainwear in case of inclement weather. Not suitable for the disabled. No dogs. Start at 9.30am or 2:30pm, for 2 hours.

Booking through East Lothian Archaeology fortnight link at Eventbrite.