Open Gardens 2012

Midgley gardeners open their gates

The villagers of Midgley will be welcoming visitors to their private gardens and studios on the weekend of 16 and 17 June.  Over 15 gardens will be open, ranging from tiny courtyards to large moorland-edge gardens, and all show an individual style adapted to suit the challenging conditions of Midgley’s hillside location.  Many plots boast glorious views over the Calder Valley and beyond, and visitors are often surprised to discover the wealth of lovely gardens that are normally hidden from view throughout the village.

This will be the 5th time that Midgley has hosted the Open Gardens event, but there are several gardens that have not previously opened, including a number on the outskirts of the village along Heights Road.  At Upper Han Royd Farm local falconer Kevin Ryan will be introducing some of his birds of prey to visitors, and at Wicken Hill a wide range of edible plants are displayed, grown under the principles of permaculture.

The last event attracted around 400 visitors throughout the weekend, and organisers Midgley Community Forum are hoping to see similar numbers this year.  Forum representative Anne Holdsworth said ‘the Open Gardens weekend is always a relaxed and friendly event that attracts garden enthusiasts from all over Yorkshire and beyond.  Visitors are assured of a warm welcome and will pick up lots of gardening ideas from our garden hosts.’  Many of the gardens have plants for sale, and home made refreshments will be available throughout the village.

In addition to the gardens, a number of artists and makers will be opening their studios, with a range of artwork and designer knitwear to view and buy.  Midgley’s unique volunteer-run Community Shop will be open in the mornings, and lunches and refreshments will be on sale in the Community Room.

Gardens are open from 11am to 4pm both days.  Tickets cost £5.00 per adult and gain admittance for both days; children are admitted free.  Tickets can be bought in advance from Midgley Shop, or from gardens on the weekend. 

More information Anne Holdsworth tel 01422 882901 (evenings)


1: Garden at Wicken Hill Farm, Heights Road.

Derek and Marilyn Edwards/Sue and Barry Turner
New moorland-edge cottage garden; permaculture plots, raised beds, wildlife garden. HebVeg plots

2: Garden at Hill House, Raw Lane

Carol Rowe and Sue Beasley

Large organic flower & vegetable garden on steep south-facing site. 2 ponds, fruit trees, willow & wild areas attracting bees, butterflies & birds.

Open Saturday only

Plant sales & refreshments. Tricky access for cars & very limited parking. Please walk if you can.


3: Garden at Upper Han Royd, Heights Road
Helen and Ian Mair
Farmhouse garden with herbaceous borders, alpine troughs and vegetable garden. Spectacular views.
Birds of prey demonstration


4:  Garden at 1 Park Top, Midgley Road

Ann & Keith Maude

Large, well established garden with mature trees and pond.


5:  Garden at Ewood Hall Barn, Midgley Road

Dai & Elaine Davies

Relax in a secluded woodland garden. New pond and bog garden

Homemade lunches & refreshments; book sale

5a: Open Studio at Ewood Hall Barn

Elaine Davies & Stella Parslow

Cotton knitwear and contemporary art.   A rare opportunity to buy from 2 talented artists.


6:  Garden at 54 Doves Rest, Towngate

Linda & Colin Swindells

Small garden with sunny terrace, shady arbour, mixed borders & ornamental fish pond.

7:  Garden at Stocks Farm, 55 Towngate

Anne & John Holdsworth

Large unruly garden that happily rambles away on its own. Fastidious gardeners look away.


7a: Animal paddocks at Stocks Farm

Rachael and Adam Deavin

Pigs, sheep and hens


8:  Garden at 12 Towngate (behind garage)

Sam Welch & Jenny Blackshaw

Small garden with great views. Veg beds, fruit trees, pond, flower beds & micro wildflower meadow


9:  Garden at 8 Towngate

Emma & Andrew Sutcliffe

Small, developing courtyard garden, with a mixture of wildflower natives, perennials and shrubs.

Tea and scones


10:  Courtyard at 6 Towngate

David & Rema Sim

Splendid valley views. 

Book stall, refreshments


11: Garden at New House Farm,Towngate
Pat Lester & Eileen Furey

Two-thirds of an acre with new and recently replanted herbaceous borders, established shrubs and specimen trees, 2 ponds and 3 little pigs!

Plant sales & refreshments.

The Halifax Chamber Choir will perform Sunday pm


12: Garden at 96 Lydgate

Maureen Robinson

The garden occupies the site of the former Co-op Grandstand; the houses were the Co-op stables.


13:  Midgley shop & community room

Lunches and refreshments. Toilets

14: Garden at Heathercroft, Radcliffe Lane

Rebecca & Graham Lloyd

Moorland edge garden, gradually extending with new beds and greenhouse.  Challenging growing conditions and some wilderness left to tame.


15: Garden at 7 Springfield Terrace
Ian Strachan and Alison Dawson

Small raised garden in front of the house. Brand new garden to the rear of the houses; recently a field, now growing veg, herbs and flowers.
There will be some art on display in the house.


16: Garden at 9 Springfield Terrace

Ruth Hair

Economy grandeur incorporating sweeping lawns and grand cascades!


17:  Garden at Lane Ends Farm, Solomon Hill

Sandra Scott & Andrew Sutcliffe

An informal garden with lovely views.  Mixed borders, vegetable garden, bog garden, greenhouse

Plant sales. Children's quiz with prizes.


18:  Garden at 19 Turn Lea

Enid Wilcock

A small cottage garden with lots of colourful pots


19:  Garden at Turn Lea House

Dorita Whitworth

A plantswoman’s garden with a variety of interesting and unusual shrubs & perennials


20: Open Studios at Oats Royd

Artwork by Hilly Fletcher and a very special exhibition of photographs by visiting children from Aida refugee camp, Palestine, who will be performing their traditional Dabke dance at intervals during the day.   Saturday only


Thank you to Midgley School

For helping to design posters and tickets.  There will be a stall selling plants and craft items made by the children outside the school on Saturday only.



Why we do it

All the monies raised from the Open Gardens event will go to the Midgley Community Forum.  The Forum is raising funds to complete payment for the  new volunteer-run village shop and community room.


Please remember that these gardens are private property and have not been designed for the visiting public.  Many gardens have steps, and some may have uneven paving.


When requested, please stay on the marked paths and take care not to damage plants.  Children should be under supervision at all times.



Thank you for your co-operation and enjoy your visit.





Midgley is situated on the hilltop above Mytholmroyd .  From Hebden Bridge take the A646 towards Halifax and turn left onto Midgley Road in Mytholmroyd.  From Halifax turn right off the A646 into Luddenden Lane after the Pelican crossing in Luddendenfoot and follow the road right up to Midgley


Parking available in Midgley School car park

Toilets available at Midgley Community Room