Attenborough Garden Club have secured Big Lottery Funding for their community gardens project.
Attenborough Station will be formally adopted and the first planters will be going on platform one of the station at an East Midlands Trains’ (EMT) community day on Friday 20th April.
EMT staff, club members and volunteers will help the day go with a swing.
Organisers want people to drop by between 12noon and 3pm, have a cup of tea and see what’s going on.
It was only October 2017 when the garden club determined to create a community garden on the platforms.
The club thought the station bland and that it didn’t reflect the rural nature of village and its surrounds.
- East Midlands Trains immediately became and are still hugely supportive of the project.
- Surveys in December 2017 with commuters, local businesses and residents showed 100% support for the project and about a third offered funding and help. There was a real interest in the historical aspect of the station and the village so there will be interpretation boards which show the local station and landscape from a historic perspective. The team are presently seeking out historic and personal stories plus photos.
- Posters on the station, leaflets to homes, visits to businesses and coverage in local media have drawn in the Big Lottery funding, EMT infrastructure support, donations of tools and equipment, recycled water tanks from local plumbers, plants and wood for planters from local businesses and residents, cash donations and sponsorship of nearly £2,000, mostly from Just Giving crowd-funding see https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/attenboroughelderflowers
- Volunteers have played a massive role helping with posters, leaflets, Just Giving page design and recruiting more volunteers and donors. Some volunteers have worked on designing and starting to construct planters and they have had the help of Shedders, who Beeston Resource Centre support with mental health wellbeing and recovery services through woodworking activities.
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