Hunmanby Platform No.2 (Down) towards Scarborough

The platform lacks a platform number. It was the first area taken on by Hunmanby in Bloom in Spring 2006. The railway station was tidy but functional, but had potential to be a gateway to the village. 

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Early problem were that the remains of the old signal box had been buried in a thin layer of soil. This involved removing a large about of bricks, likely to have been made at the old brick works in the village. The clay pit, now forming the fishing lake, next to the station

Spring 2007, a few daffodils brighten up the entrance on the this soil. A start has been made

Another shot from Spring 2007, the old 'retro' waiting shelter on the adjoining up platform towards Bridlington and Hull. What is in better condition is that today is the British Railway Double Arrow Station Sign.

Spring 2008 saw the turf removed, a membrane put down and many tons of gravel laid to create a low maintenance dramatic entrance to the Scarborough platform. This area had formerly been the signal box and old waiting room. The soil was poor. A heritage turnip cutter was purchased and painted. Linking the station with its principal reason for being constructed. Freight traffic, the former good warehouses can be seen in the photo. The gravel area was to create a 'beach effect' Hunmanby Gap beach is 2 miles away. A beautiful location, who needs the Med, when you can enjoy a coffee with a panoramic view at the Hunmanby Gap Café! It is on the route of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle trail, just like the village. 

In 2019 three Giant Vipers Bugloss (Echium Pininana) were planted in the long border, sheltered by the old Goods Shed. These plants, native of the Canary Islands, flower in their second year. 

 For those who enjoy the bi-annual Open Gardens of Hunmanby, these amazing plants are one of the highlights. They grow and self seed in a sheltered, walled garden in the village. (Not usual in the North)  Mr & Mrs Donovan, kindly passed on some young plants 2 years ago and they are due to flower late Spring/ Early Summer 2020. They grow in the wild up to 6 foot tall.

 The ones at Hunmanby Railway Station are already over 7 foot tall! The above photograph was taken April 2020

The amazing array of dark blue flowers, very rich in nectar and pollen and great for bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators. Flowers start to open in May, with full blooms in June.

 








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