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Poppleton Community Railway Nursery is a not-for-profit company (No. 06211163) limited by guarantee. Additionally, it is a Registered Charity (No. 1148341) with the following charitable objectives:-

  1. To advance horticulture for the public benefit, in particular the maintenance and development of the nursery at Poppleton.

  2. To advance the education of the public, in particular in horticulture, railway nurseries and the railway nursery site at Poppleton (including historical features and the narrow gauge railway).

  3. To further other charitable activities for the benefit of the public.

Volunteers at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery

How we operate

We aim to meet these objectives by encouraging volunteers to get involved in the activities that we offer. Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and walks of life and over a wide range of ages. We provide opportunities for people to take part in a range of practical activities such as gardening, building repairs and maintenance of the railway, rolling stock and the site. We aim to pass on horticultural skills and develop an understanding of how to grow healthy plants, as well as building on an individual’s creative, retail and social abilities and interests. There is something for everyone!

Volunteers at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery

Links with Health Agencies

It is well known that the type of activities that we offer plus being out in the fresh air is very therapeutic for the body and mind. It can provide physical, mental and social stimulation within the safe haven of the nursery’s relaxed and enjoyable environment. The nursery works in partnership with health agencies in the York area to deliver therapeutic horticulture, craft and wood working sessions for adults recovering from mental health issues.

We also operate as a non-clinical organisation within a Social Prescribing Scheme by helping individuals improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare and be in control of their own care, often as an alternative to medical intervention.

There are many benefits of being involved with the nursery such as improvements in self-confidence, self-esteem and social interaction. Working alongside a range of new people gives the volunteers the opportunity to make new friends and build new relationships. The skills gained and improvements in confidence can help enhance future career prospects, give a sense of purpose or simply provide feelings of satisfaction and achievement.