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Autumn Open Day

6 October 10:00am - 3:00pm

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Heritage Open Day

Saturday 8 September 10:00am to 4:00pm

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Volunteer Coordinator

Applications are open for the post of Volunteer Coordinator. View job description below.


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Bloom! Festival and Railway Evening

The Nursery took part in the Bloom! Festival celebrating 250 years of the Ancient Society of York Florists. The Nursery was open for three days and a narrow gauge railway truck decorated with plants was displayed on York Railway Station. During the festival, the nursery celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Nursery's narrow gauge railway with a railway evening featuring its own motive power and two locomotives and a brake van from the Ripon & District Light Railway.

View more photographs

View Stuart Chapman's Video of 30th Anniversary Evening

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Bloom! Festival Open Days

Saturday 7 July 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Buy One Get One Free Bedding Plant Sale 2018

Saturday 30 June 10am to 4pm

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Nursery in Heritage Railway Magazine

The June 2018 issue of Heritage Railway magazine contains a short article about the Poppleton Nursery Railway. Written by Stuart Chapman, the article gives a short history of the site and mentions the July Open Evening.

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Summer Open Day 2018

Saturday 2 June 10am to 4pm

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Railway Evening Booking Details

Railway Evening Booking Details

We regret that the Railway Evening is Sold Out.

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Spring Open Days 2018

Spring Open Days

Saturday 24 March 10am-3pm and Saturday 21 April 10am-4pm

Sale of spring bedding plants and flowering bulbs perennials shrubs and alpines.

See the narrow gauge and model railways.

Sales on Saturdays during April & May see Nursery website for details.
Also open weekly Wednesday & Friday 10am-3pm.

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Narrow Gauge North 2018

The Railway group will be exhibiting the Nursery's Model Railway at Narrow Gauge North 2018, 10 March 10:30 am - 4:30 pm at Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson's Corner, Pudsey, LS28 5TA.

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2018 Sales Dates

Sales dates for the Nursery are now available. As well as the regular Spring, Autumn and Christmas sales there are special days for the Bloom! festival and Heritage day.

View dates.

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2018 Membership Due

2018 Subscriptions are now due if you haven't already renewed. Visit Membership Page for further details.

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Nursery featured in Narrow Gauge World

The Nursery is featured in the January-February 2018 (No. 127) of Narrow Gauge World. The article written by our member Roger Backhouse is fully illustrated and tells the story of the Nursery from its inception in 1941 to the present day.



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Christmas Open Day 2017

Christmas Open Day

Saturday 9 December 10:00am - 3pm


Visit the Nursery and purchase your Christmas wreaths, tree and table decorations. Also hyacinths in bowls, garlands and indoor wreaths.

To order wreaths email:  or (preferred) or phone 01904 797623

Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be available

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Autumn Open Day

Autumn Open Day
Saturday 7 October 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm

Visit the Nursery and purchase your Autumn bedding plants from the new season range including pansies, violas and primulas. Filled planters and baskets will be on sale.

Choose from a good selection of alpines, perennials, shrubs and herbs.

Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be available


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Lord Mayor visits Nursery on Heritage Open Day

On September 9 York's Lord Mayor, Councillor Barbara Boyce, visited the Nursery on its Heritage Open Day.

Jo Sullivan-Jones welcomes York's Lord Mayor to the Nursery

During her visit the Mayor drove the Nursery's Lister diesel loco LoweCo on the two-foot gauge railway. As well as plant sales the public were offered driver experience on the Nursery's railway.

A smiling Lord Mayor after driving the Nursery's diesel loco

This is the third visit by a Lord Mayor of York since the Nursery was reopened in 2009, the last being in 2016 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Nursery. The next open days are 7 October and 9 December between 10am and 3pm. View more photographs of the Heritage Open Day.

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Heritage open day

Poppleton Community Railway Nursery is holding a Heritage Open Day and Sale on Saturday 9th September 2017 from 10am-4pm. There will be an opportunity to book a slot to learn to drive our narrow gauge railway engine under supervision. The Lord Mayor of York will make a morning visit. Herbs, alpines, perennials, autumn bedding plants and shrubs will be on sale. Tea, coffee and home made cake will be available.

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Nursery website gets revamp

The Nursery website has been given a revamp. Andrew Gillat at Cicada Studio in Queensland, Australia has designed a new website using the Joomla Content Management software package. The new website gives better readability on mobile phones and tablet devices as well as more conventional computers. Updating the site is easier as an authorised user can access the site on any device with a network connection - even a mobile phone!



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National Garden Railway Show at Peterborough

National Garden Railway Show at Peterborough

Bob Brook, David Dawson and Tim Elsworth took the Nursery's model railway to the National Garden Railway Show at Peterborough Arena on 8 April. Over the winter the team has been overhauling and improving the layout for the event.

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