Following a community day back in April, platform 1 of Attenborough Station looks very different after being given a new lease of life with a community garden, thanks to volunteers and support from local businesses, public donations and the Big Lottery Fund.
Not content with that, Attenborough Elderflower’s volunteers, most of whom are members of Attenborough Garden Club, will again bring local people together on Friday 26th October to green platform 2.
With funding from local businesses, the public and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme, they will add character to the station which sadly lost its gardens sometime before the 1950s.
Councillor Eric Kerry intends to be at the station on 26th October and said “The Local Improvement Scheme provides targeted financial support for community organisations to deliver the council’s priorities of making Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax.
“This project is going from strength to strength and is making a real difference not to just the station but also the cohesiveness of the local community.”
On platform 1 all planters have plaques to acknowledge large donations and they have proven popular with businesses, local organisations and families with an emotional link to the station.
This practice will continue on platform 2 and donations of plants and money are still being sought from the public and local businesses. Please donate at //www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/attenboroughelderflowers.
The final phase of development of the station is to have boards with history and stories about the village, ordinance factory, station and nature reserve and the Elderflowers are seeking information, stories and photos to include on them.
Margaret Blakeborough, Attenborough Garden Club chair, said: “Attenborough Garden Club members are a lively group whose enthusiasm for creating greener spaces is demonstrated by this project which is the first of, hopefully, many more in and around Attenborough.
“Its been incredibly heartwarming to see the local community get behind this initiative and come together to improve a space which matters to them, putting the station back on the map.
“Tending platform 1 has not been easy as the recent spell of warm weather meant the rain water butt ran out so quickly that Elderflowers have been taking water daily from home to the station in creative ways, such as in shopping trollies.
“However, we’ve recruited four more Elderflowers and are seeking more to help to tend platform 2.”
Kate Parnell, customer experience manager in Nottingham for East Midlands Trains, said: “We are delighted to continue working with Attenborough Elderflowers and the local community to revitalise and bring some extra colour to Attenborough station.
“We work with over 250 station adopters right across our network who all help to improve their stations and lines, helping to deliver station improvements and support train services for our local communities.
“The installation of planters on platform 1 was a huge success for all involved following months of planning and hard work.
“The positive feedback from our passengers and staff has been overwhelming and we look forward to the next stage of this exciting project.”
On 26th October, volunteers from East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and the Elderflowers will be out in force from early morning doing the heavy lifting and the plan is to have completed the planting by mid-afternoon.
Organisers says that everyone is welcome to drop by and see what’s happening but it’s going to be really busy in the morning.
If you want to have a good look around and you are not on the heavy gang or using the station on the day it’s best to come around 1:30pm to 2pm when its expected you will see all that has been achieved and the team launch the new green service on platform 2.