Yorkshire in Bloom is a competition that is run by the Royal Horticultural Society, to encourage environmental awareness by all sort of organisations. The Middleton Railway was encouraged to enter it for the first time in 2018, and was delighted to have won a Gold Award in the category for Tourist Attractions (despite the setback caused by the fire at a neighbouring builder's merchants, only two days before the competition was due to be judged).

The judges made some useful suggestions for how we might improve, and so we entered again in 2019, and we are delighted that we have again won a Gold Award in the category for Tourist Attractions.

The judges obviously enjoyed the whole of their visit, as they said "What an experience this was, the passion of the team is absolutely infectious. the history and heritage is wonderful. Well organised, fantastic interpretation." For the floral displays themselves they said "The planting around the station is wonderful, well cared for and all adds to the overall experience.". They particularly liked the newly planted area in front of the entrance to the Engine House.

Flowers on the platform

 

 

One of the flower displays on the platform, at the beginning of May 2018.

Picture © Ian Dobson, 2018

Flowers on the platform

 

 

Another of the flower displays on the platform, in the middle of August 2018.

Picture © Janet Auckland, 2018

Mike with Award Certificate

 

 

Mike, our gardener, with our award certificate, taken at the awards ceremony at York Racecourse on 11th September 2018. Unfortunately he was not able to attend the awards ceremony for 2019.

Picture © Ian Smith, 2018

Mike gardening

 

 

And Mike in more characteristic pose, watering some of the flower displays on our platform in mid-August 2018.

Picture © Ian Smith, 2018

 

After the Fire

Following the major arson attack on neighbouring premises, we have launched this appeal to help repair the damage to our rolling stock and buildings. Click here for more details. Click below to donate.

 


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After the Fire

Following the major arson attack on neighbouring premises, we have launched this appeal to help repair the damage to our rolling stock and buildings.  Click here for more details.  Click below to donate.

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