Garden Friends




The Friends      



Garden areas  maintained by Garden Friends (from the top of village):


Danny Palmer Nature Reserve at  Marchup Ghyll, Silsden Road

       This area was a Victorian landfill site which was mainly ash and broken
        glass. It was sealed with a layer of soil, sown with wild flower seed
        and planted with over 900 native trees and shrubs (planting by a working
        party of villagers and children) and bird nesting boxes (provided by the
        Wharfedale Naturalists Society and a villager) have been erected. The
        maintenance work is being done by AGF volunteers and BMDC, with finance
        from the Parish Council, the Onyx Environmental Trust and trees provided
        by ‘Bradford Forest’. The reserve was very much the work of
        the late Cllr.Danny Palmer and has now been rre-named in his honour.

       It was formally opened in 2004 and   has information boards to help visitors.

        See many more photos HERE.



‘Lay-By’ Garden opposite  Townhead Trading Estate (below)

       This small garden was built by the Parish Council on land sold to them
        for a nominal £1 on condition it was used as a garden in perpetuity.
        It has been plaanted to give year round interest th a mixture of annuals,
        perrenials and shrubs. The nearby Craven Heifer pub has colourful wall-top
       See many more photos



‘Sailor Corner’ Garden  above The Sailor pub  (below)

       We have made new beds in this shady area with woodland plants to add a
        new area of interest in the village - most other gardens are in full sun.
        Planting includes bamboos to add a background.
       See many more photos


‘Cottages’ Garden   (below)        

This garden is so named because it was created after old cottages were
        demolished during ‘slum clearance’ in the 1960s. With the help of B.M.D.C.
       the garden has been re-designed,with re-shaped beds,  a new wall along the pavement side
      (see below). Across the road you will  see railing planters which were initially planted
      by the 2nd Addingham Brownies for their badgework but have recently been replaced
      with larger  containers.
      See many more photos


      Fountain Garden (below)

       This garden was rebuilt by the AGF, with a large ‘pebble’
       fountain as the centre piece. The small auxiliary fountains were deliberately
        positioned close to the front to allow children to play with them. The Civic Society
        sponsored re-paving of the surrounding area (formally poor  asphalt) and a villager
       has donated a seat in memory of his wife to make this (with the adjacent Hen Pen Garden)
       a very popular area with villagers and visitors.
       See many more photos



Hen Pen Garden (below)

       This is the largest of the village gardens and was completely re-designed
        and re-planted by A.G.F. Over the past three years (main picture below).
        This major project included new roses and an old village gatepost (as a central feature).
        The access ramp was sponsored by Addingham  Parish Council and stone edgings
        and paving provided and built by B.M.D.C. Parks & Landscape Dept.
        See many more photos


Memorial Close area (below)

       This area adjacent to the Memorial Hall Car Park and the Medical Centre
       are maintained by AGF. The access drive to the War Memorial was re-paved
       by AGF using a grant from the Living Spaces organisation, and new beds have been made along the drive.
       See many more photos



North Street Garden (below)

       This was previously planted with roses but they suffered from rose sickness
       and, perhaps, the shallowness of the soil. The AGF have edged the central
        bed with boards, built up the soil level, and re-planted it with ‘cottage
        garden’ perennials and shrubs.
       See many more photos



Ilkley Road Welcome Bed (below)

       The welcome bed has been re-located and rebuilt by a villager (f.o.c.).

        See more photos of this and other containers HERE.


(b) Other Garden areas

        See photos HERE.

Children’s playground

       This new playground was officially opened by the 2009 Gala Queen in 2010.
        The playground was built for the village by the Addingham Civic Society,
        with donations from village individuals and groups as well as grant money.
        The adjacent flower bed has been planted by B.M.D.C. and the Garden Friends.

        See photos HERE.


The Fleece Pub

       The patio area and the frontage are always very colourfully decorated

        with tubs and hayracks and the new owner has added lots of new planters.



High House Mews

        This development for retired people has beautifully maintained gardens.

        The maintenance is mainly carried out by the residents themselves. It

        won the Ben Bailey Homes Trophy 4 years after construction.


Church Orchard

        This garden, opposite the Church, has been developed as a re-creation

        of a traditional Rectory garden with numerous varieties of fruit trees

        and a wild garden area. The tenant has also planted thousands of snowdrops

        in the garden and in the adjacent field.


St. Peter’s Church

        Our ancient and beautifully situated Parish Church. The area is decorated

        with approximately 40,000 daffodils in the spring, which have been progressively

        added to since the original ‘Golden necklace’ around the walls

        was planted. Maintenance is by Church members. See Home page.


Addingham Primary School

        The school Gardening Club, run by three enthusiastic teachers, grow flowers,

        salad plants, herbs and vegetables, the latter used by the school kitchens

        and bought by a local pub. Children of all ages are keenly involved. The

        greenhouse is used for raising seeds and some experiments.


Silsden Road Recreation Ground


       This was equipped with a new children’s play area, using money (£45,000!)

        raised by an action group of parents and other villagers. An area was

        planted with native trees by volunteers led by the Parish Council to link

        with the nature reserve across the road.


Silsden Road Allotments

        These are two of the three allotment sites in the village - the other

        is at Newtown at the top of Stockinger Lane. As well as holding regular

        talks and running as shop, the Addingham Allotment & Gardens Association

        holds well supported Spring and Summer Flower Shows in the village. The

        field below the upper allotments has be converted to new plots by the

        Parish Council and the Allotments & Gardens Association to eliminate

        the allotment waiting list in the village (below).


Street House Farm Estate

        This estate (built during the 1990s) has many very well planted and maintained

        private gardens, visually helped by the open plan frontages.


Sugar Hill Green (adjacent to Hen


        This grass area was created when the railway was demolished about 1969.

        AGF created a corner bed to replace an old dog rose, new planting in front

        of the toilets to replace a scruffy grass bank, a grasses bed beside the

        toilets and snowdrops to add to the daffodils in the grass. The Parish

        Council has recently replaced the central seat and planted a Korean Pine

        in memory of the late Councillor Mick Aldridge. Bird boxes (made by a

        villager) have been fixed to trees on the green. See photos HERE.




See, the Addingham

        village information website for all the info about the village.