Gold Yorkshire in Bloom awards for Kirklees

For the second year running Gold Yorkshire in Bloom awards have been awarded to Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall and Red House Museum, Gomersal.

The judges were particularly impressed by our new visitor centre improvements at Oakwell, which have been funded by Arts Council England. They also praised our community and volunteer involvement in the Red House gardens.

Councillor Graham Turner, our cabinet member responsible for museums and galleries, said:

The award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the remarkable volunteers who give up their time each week to keep the open spaces around these museums looking splendid.

I’d like to give special congratulations to Amanda Walker (Garden Ranger) and her team, the Friends organisations for both sites, our volunteers, and all the people at Red House and Oakwell who have made this happen.”

Red House Museum

At Red House Museum the gardens take you back to the 1830’s with a beautiful flower garden and elegant serpentine walk around the pleasure ground (an area of lawn and shrubbery). This year’s work has concentrated on achieving all year round colour, especially around the cartshed’s where you can sit and enjoy a drink and admire the garden. The snow drops in February and the roses in June are a particular highlight of the garden. The roses are celebrated with a mid-summer garden festival supported by the Friends of the Red House.  A small team of volunteers maintain the gardens and meet every Tuesday from 1-3pm.

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall and its seventeenth century gardens are at the heart of 110 acres of country park. The gardens change with the seasons – from the architectural shapes of the plants in winter to spring bulbs and the scented summer flowers – which attract many insects including bees which now reside in the garden. In autumn, there are rich and stunning colours in the arboretum.  Volunteers help maintain the gardens and country park every Thursday.

Want to volunteer?

Anyone interested in volunteering to help look after theses award winning gardens should contact amanda.walker@kirklees.gov.uk

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