Latest news from Scruton village and surrounding area. See here for the latest parish newsletters.

Scruton Parish Council

From the Parish Council – September 2023

By Editor | 30th August 2023

Potholes and repairs

Tawny Owl

Nature Notes – September 2023

By Editor | 30th August 2023

It has been a strange summer weather wise; June was very dry and sunny but with cold evenings.

Mount Fuji Phlox

Gardeners’ World – September 2023

By Elizabeth Davies | 30th August 2023

After the recent rain and warm weather annuals such as cosmos, asters and tagetes are flowering well, adding late colour to gardens. Deadhead where possible to keep them flowering and prevent them setting seed.


Farming News – September 2023

By Malcolm Barker | 30th August 2023

I am feeling my age. In my head I am still 22 but when I set off to run after a sheep or a cow, I feel more like 90.

Scruton Parish Council

From the Parish Council – August 2023

By Editor | 30th July 2023

Solar Array, Coronation Memorials, Other Works

solar panels with sheep

Solar Array Approved

By Editor | 30th July 2023

The outcome of Lightrock’s appeal against HDC’s refusal for a Solar Array was published on 27 June. The scheme will now go ahead, subject to conditions. Decision – The main issue in the appeal was the effect of the development on, and potential loss of, agricultural land. Whilst recognising that land classification is a matter…

Sparrow Hawk

Nature Notes – August 2023

By Editor | 30th July 2023

We have at least one pair of sparrow hawks which operate in the village. Those of you with bird feeders will be aware of the sudden attacks on garden birds, or more usually the tell-tale sign of a patch of feathers on the lawn.


Farming News – August 2023

By Malcolm Barker | 30th July 2023

If the weather dries up in the coming month, then that will be perfect. Almost all of the first crop of grass has been made into hay because it was drying out so fast in the sunshine that I just left it for hay.


Gardeners’ World – August 2023

By Elizabeth Davies | 30th July 2023

The rain at the end of July will have done much good, but it has spoilt the roses that are flowering now, so I give them a light prune, a feed of Fish, Blood and Bone and hopefully in a few weeks time they will have a second crop of flowers.

Scruton Parish Council

From the Parish Council – July 2023

By Cllr. Syd Nye (Chairman) | 3rd July 2023

Scruton Fest, Solar Array, Dangerous Litter, Coronation Memorial

Memorial bench to Chris Snell

Memorial to Chris Snell

By Editor | 3rd July 2023

A tree has been planted and a bench installed at the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard by Chris’ colleagues and friends.

Northern Wheatear

Nature Notes – July 2023

By Editor | 3rd July 2023

Recently I walked up Meeth Gill just west of Reeth to the Old Gang Smelt Mills to see how many species of upland birds I could find, especially summer migrants.


Farming News – July 2023

By Malcolm Barker | 3rd July 2023

I write this on the day after Scruton Fest. When I returned home, I checked the sheep because I had a nagging feeling that something was wrong.


Gardeners’ World – July 2023

By Elizabeth Davies | 3rd July 2023

After a very dry month, at last a drop of rain, although we need more. Some plants have done well and the roses have been spectacular with more flowers than usual, although they haven’t lasted long in the heat.

Congratulations to the Scruton Fest Team!

By Editor | 3rd July 2023

Scruton Fest was a roaring success last weekend, thanks to the Fest Crew (SPFA) and everyone who supported and participated in the event in any way.

From the Parish Council – June 2023

By Cllr. Syd Nye (Chairman) | 1st June 2023

SPC Vacancy, Coronation, Scams, Volunteers Required


Farming News – June 2023

By Malcolm Barker | 1st June 2023

May has been a month where the crops have grown fast because of the combination of warm weather and sufficient moisture in the ground.


Gardener’s World – June 2023

By Editor | 1st June 2023

At last the warm weather is here and the gardens are growing almost too fast. Plants are very vigorous and it looks like a good year for peonies; mine have never been so tall!

Noble false widow & asian hornet

Nature Notes – June 2023

By Editor | 1st June 2023

by Andy Johnston Rewilding is all the rage at the moment. However it may come as a surprise that there are over 2,000 non-native species of plants & animals already established in the UK. Many have been deliberately introduced, but a significant number have arrived accidentally. Examples in our neighbourhood include Himalayan balsam, Japanese knot-weed,…

Playing Field Gets Facelift

By Editor | 1st June 2023

Improvements to Scruton Playing Field include a new entrance, new benches (with wheelchair access) and a storage container.

Scruton Parish Council

From the Parish Council – May 2023

By Cllr. Syd Nye (Chairman) | 1st May 2023

Parish Council Vacancy, Waste bins, Pittfields Corner, Solar Array, STOP PRESS


Farming News – May 2023

By Malcolm Barker | 1st May 2023

I always look forward to May, a month of promise of warm summer days. An easy month when the cattle and sheep are outdoors, eating the spring grass, after the winter when they needed feeding twice a day, bedding up every second day, and mucking out every six weeks.


Potato Challenge 2023

By Editor | 1st May 2023

The Potato Challenge is back for another season! See who can grow the biggest weight of potatoes from one tuber grown in a bag. It’s free to enter, just pick up your potato and bag now from outside East Grange House, Common Lane. A grand weigh-in will take place later in the year. Prizes for…


Nature Notes – May 2023

By Editor | 1st May 2023

Recently the north of England was subject to a ridge of high pressure and a NE airflow. These conditions were ideal for the creation of Britain’s only named wind ‘The Helm Wind’.