Heritage railway in master’s garden

A NYMR pipe wagon is set to be the centrepiece of a display at the BBC Gardener's World show
A NYMR pipe wagon is set to be the centrepiece of a display at the BBC Gardener's World show
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The LOVE of North York Moors Railway’s heritage is being depicted as one of the entries at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World event.

The NYMR has teamed up with gardeners Linda and Ralph Nichols to create “a station master’s garden” and 6 June saw a pipe wagon that is to be the display’s centrepiece lifted by steam crane on to a low loader.

From there it will be transported to the NEC in Birmingham, where the show takes place.

Heartbeat author Nicholas Rhea has written a story especially for the garden, based around regular character Claude Greengrass.

The story tells how the young Claude always dreamed of the “Flying Scotsman” passing through Aidensfield and as an older man he is in the garden when the steam engine passes by.

Also in the garden will be yellow, purple and pink plantings with materials that would have been collected over many years by a long-serving station master as a country railway station.

The boundaries are made of reclaimed railway sleepers as well as the path and raised beds at the front of the garden.

The pipe wagon has been used to give impact and height, as a backdrop for the seasonal and natural planting.

Features such as an old gate and seat add to the railway theme.

The BBC Gardener’s World event is being held from 15 to 19 June.