Happy Valley (garden)

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Happy Valley is a garden created by Edwin Harrold in Stenness, Orkney, Scotland.


The site, which includes a house, was originally known as "Bankburn". The garden was created from a bare hillside by Edwin Harrold, between October 1948 and the 1990s.[1] Mr Harrold had to give up the garden, as he was too old to maintain it, and he died in 2005.[2] Amongst his aims, was to create a wooded area on Orkney, as trees are highly unusual on the archipelago.

In 2004 the local council, Orkney Islands Council, took ownership of the site from the owner, Professor Isbister. A group was formed in 2007 called "Friends of Happy Valley"; they are a group of volunteers who meet together not only to discuss the future of the gardens, but also to work on maintaining the garden.[3] The Council Special Projects Department assisted by maintaining some of the paths and steps, and in April 2008 volunteers planted 700 new trees to add to the existing woodland.

One of the waterfalls created by Edwin Harrold in Happy Valley



  1. ^ "Everything's not so happy in overgrown Stenness valley". The Orcadian. 4 July 2002. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ "Sadness as Happy Valley creator dies". The Orcadian. 17–23 October 2005. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  3. ^ "Friends of Happy Valley group formed". The Orcadian. 5–11 February 2007. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  4. ^ "Boggy hillside reborn as Orkney forest reserve". BBC. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-27.

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Coordinates: 58°58′38″N 3°10′0″W / 58.97722°N 3.16667°W / 58.97722; -3.16667