Haworth Gardens

For quite a number of years, Haworth was a neglected site being difficult to cultivate and with nature taking over the hillside beyond. But all that is changing.

Haworth Station garden was looked after for many years by the former Station Master but sadly grew wilder with the passing years as the years took its toll and gardening was not as easy as it used to be.

Haworth is another difficult site with little room between the railway tracks and the steep banking opposite the station. However, after years of neglect, the current Station Master, Tom Kemp, decided, a few years ago, that it was time he took control and decided to completely revamp the central plots with easy to maintain heathers, alpines and similar plants.

This year we are beginning to see the fruits of Tom’s labours and our civil engineers have assisted by providing a solid border where previously it was just ash. Meanwhile, as at Oxenhope, tubs and hanging baskets adorn the platform.

Tom Kemp – Station Master, Haworth

Tackling the jungle

Take a look across the tracks 6 months ago and you would have seen a jungle of abundance of brambles and wild rhododendrons running amok on the slop away from the running track.

Earlier this year Jason Dean decided it was about time someone did something about it and duly volunteered to clear the jungle, ably assisted by Thomas Brentley. Not a job for the feint hearted

The task has been started and the ground is being prepared for a variety of shrubs such as virburnhams, forsythia and choisyas to be planted. These shrubs will provide colours at different times from winter to summer.

Amongst the shrubbery there are unkempt perennials which will either be divide and replanted or replaced by a more appropriate.

Jason believes that Haworth has the space and potential for a shrub garden, which would be easier to maintain. Add to this a mix of summer perennials such as lupins, dahlias and verbenas and Haworth garden starts to take shape.

This late autumn, daffodil bulbs will be panted around the gardens to give a display of spring colour.

The wildflower bed (the rectangle sleeper bed) is now putting on a good show which will improve over time, as the plants self seed.

To round off all this work and to greet our visitors with an array of colour as they walk from the Booking Hall, a mixture of dwarf rhododendrons and azaleas will be planted on the bare vertical slope.

A lot to look forward to in the Haworth Station garden