Oxenhope Gardens

Oxenhope is at the southern end of the KWVR and the highest point above sea level, exposed to the rigours of the nearby moorland. As such it gives our gardeners a challenge in creating a beautiful garden for the Railway’s terminus.

Oxenhope Station, being at the end of the branch line, is an exposed site with the bed across from the platform having very poor soil. Because of this it is filled with low maintenance planting of alpines, small shrubs, spring bulbs for texture and colour and a heather bed on the bridge over Morhouse Beck, with mulching to cut down on weeding. It also has a bed of roses planted in memory of people connected with the railway.

The steep bank has primroses and wildflowers below a few buddleias for wildlife and is a work in progress. There are also foxgloves, geraniums and aquilegias under planting the bushes further along. The wild flower bank, seeded last year, has produced a few more species this, with corn cockle still being the most prolific and a few more poppies are emerging. In addition, some wildlife attracting perennials have been planted, for all year-round interest.

Oxenhope Guides filled the six tubs along the platform with bedding plants which also have a few small evergreen shrubs and centrepieces of phormiums for texture and continuity.

The hanging baskets along the platform are provided by the Society.

The top end of the platform is bordered by roses, winter jasmine and cotoneaster and is under planted with recycled plants from the tubs and a few additional border plants. At the end of the platform is the herb garden with thyme, sage, marjoram, fennel, rosemary, bay, chives, helichrysum, lavender and mint.

Beyond the station building entrance, the bed by the exhibition hall is planted with shrubs and edged by lavender. It is mulched with shredded plant material donated by a local tree surgeon whilst the car park has an edging of small trees from the Woodland Trust and older established trees.

The gardening team consists of our two lady stalwarts, Sue Hall and Kathryn Sharp.