We’re more than a shop !
Walton Herbs is tucked away in a garden at the bottom of Oakenshaw Lane, a boundary road of the pretty village of Walton, just south of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We’re proud of our comprehensive stock of herbs – to tempt all levels and types of interest.
We have a car park for customers and vehicular access is easy – we’re just a short ten minute drive from junction 39 of the M1 and also easy to access via bus/metro with a bus stop just two minutes away from our shop, and a footpath from Sandal/Agbrigg Railway Station just a two minute walk from our shop door. Cyclists are welcome.
Our opening times
Fridays 11:30 am to 5 pm
Saturdays 11:30 am to 5 pm
Our garden tea bar is enjoyed by visitors and local residents alike, with tea, coffee, cake available for shop customers. Payment at the garden tea bar is by donation.
We share premises with Books on the Lane, which operates throughout the year with a substantial range of titles specialising in nature writing, flora, gardening and children’s nature books. Profit from both shops funds The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC, of which they are a trading arm. YLMP provides financial support for youth music in Yorkshire. (The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC, reg England no. 09160989)
Just a five minute walk from our shop is Walton Hall – the home of Charles Waterton, the seventeenth century naturalist and creator of the world’s first nature reserve. His former estate is now open to walkers, cyclists, joggers, and dogs with walkers. The area is laced with public footpaths through Haw Park Wood. The original walls to his nature reserve and his look-out tower and grave can be visited details.
The Little Gallery
We’re keen to support local artists – every two months or so we exhibit ‘inspired by nature’ work by artists who are local to Walton, Wakefield and Yorkshire.
We understand how important it is to provide showcase opportunities and we’re delighted and proud to be able to exhibit work from some of the finest and most creative artists working in the North today.
Our current exhibition is by Louise Allen, who lives in Walton. She says:
“My artwork is inspired by the local environment of Wakefield and my many walking trips along the East Coast of Yorkshire.
“I initially studied interior and graphic design and in my 20s I worked as a designer and illustrator in industry. Eventually I moved into teaching and I teach mainly media studies in secondary education.
“In recent years I have started to develop my own practice as an artist. There are two strands to my work. The first is life drawing which I do regularly at Westgate studios in Wakefield, the second is printmaking. Over the last 2 years I have undertaken collagraph courses with established print makers, Laney Birkhead, and Sarah Ross-Thompson. I have taken part in international print exchanges and more recently #printersolstice which was a weekly printing challenge through the winter months.
“The work on display at Books on the Lane is mostly collagraph printing – I enjoy the tones and textures made possible with this intaglio technique, and I also love being able to re-cycle to make the printing plates. I have a mini printing press which often limits the size of my work and I’m excited to be building my facilities to expand and develop my practice.”
About The Yorkshire Live Music Project Community Interest Company.
We are a small, but we hope significant, organisation, and we have been supporting, promoting and enabling youth music, and live classical and jazz music, in Yorkshire since 2009.
From profit at Walton Herbs and Books on the Lane, we provide an annual donation to a youth music organisation based in Yorkshire – 2017 Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra, 2018 York Jazz Initiative, 2019 Crofton Silver Band Junior Band, 2020 Barnsley Youth Choir. For the purposes of our financial support we define our community as live classical and jazz music practitioners mainly working in Yorkshire.
Between 2009 and 2016 YLMP provided showcase performance opportunities for young professionals and established international musicians at a wide range of venues across the region, including The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Square Chapel Halifax, St Paul’s Walton, Wakefield Cathedral, The Hepworth Wakefield, Kirkhamgate Village Hall. We were proud to promote and present live events from The Endellion String Quartet, Ligeti Quartet, Elysian Quartet, vocal trio Juice, jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and many more…
As social enterprise promoters, we generated audiences of around 10,000 people of all ages and levels of interest, but in 2016, due to overwhelming marketing costs and shortfalls in public spending, we decided our purpose was better served direct funding to youth music organisations based in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC, registered in England, No. 09160989