As a contractor will be on site to install a boardwalk and two new stone benches, for safety and insurance reasons Happy Valley will not be open to the public from Monday 13 May 2019 for three to four weeks - we will keep you up to date on this page and on social media when it is anticipated to fully re-open.
Happy Valley is a much-loved, magical woodland garden in Stenness, Orkney and was created over many years by Edwin Harrold who lived there from 1948 and who created this small woodland over his lifetime. Edwin welcomed visitors to his garden and people came from near and far to visit Happy Valley and to chat to Edwin.
After Edwin's death, the property was gifted by its owner, Professor Isbister, to Orkney Islands Council so that it could remain a place that the public could continue to freely enjoy. An informal group of Orkney residents came together to help maintain the site and to keep its story alive. This led eventually to the formation of our charity, the Friends of Happy Valley.
If you have memories of Happy Valley and/or Edwin, particularly if you have any photos, we'd love it if you would share them with us - use our Contact Us page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any photos you share on social media, please tag us on Facebook with @fohvorkney or @friendsofhappyvalley on Instagram, or use the hashtag #happyvalleyorkney