Yorkshire in Bloom – Gold Rose Award Category Winner

The Railway is not just about running trains and a substantial amount of work goes on by many volunteers to make the Railway look the way it does. It is therefore with great pleasure that the tremendous efforts of those who keep our gardens and baskets in summer splendour have been rewarded by a Gold Rose Award in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

The featured image shows Rebekah Ashworth receiving the award on behalf of the Railway.

Just what the team achieved is best described by the judge’s comments:

Introduction

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway stands out as one of the finest heritage railways in the country, staffed by around 400 volunteers from far and wide who work together with local organisations for the enjoyment and education of all their visitors.

Each station is uniquely different, from Keighley, which is adjacent to the national railway network, to Damens, the smallest station in the country. K&WVR has been used many times for locations to television dramas and major films such as ‘The Railway Children’. On arrival visitors are transported back in time to the 1950’s and earlier bygone days due to the platform displays and atmospheric stations.

Areas of Achievement

The standard of horticulture and bio diversity has increased exceptionally during the past few years with every area the judge visited maintained to the highest standard by all concerned, including alpine and herb beds, hanging baskets and planters, herbaceous, shrub planting and grassed areas, sometimes in difficult conditions.

Groups involved include local schools, Beavers and Cubs, Guides and Brownies and the railways own young people’s team, many of whom have progressed to responsible positions within the organisation. Some planters are sponsored by local businesses.

Good marketing to promote special trains and events include the Mince Pie and Fish and Chip Specials. The provision of undercover educational facilities such as classrooms in railway carriages and access to the engine workshops is another essential part of the visit.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue marketing to bring in tourists and income to the area. Complete the new pick and pass herb beds at Oakworth Station. Try to expand the herb and edible flower bed at Oxenhope and the alpine border. The horticultural standard is increasing from good to excellent due to the dedicated work of all concerned. Well done and keep up the good work.

Everyone reading this commendation from the judge will agree that this is a tremendous achievement, which has required great leadership to co-ordinate such a diverse group of contributors.

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