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Weʼre raising £2,500 to Adopt our local station and develop community gardens in Attenborough

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Attenborough Elderflower Community Gardens

Attenborough’s railway station, through years of change and recent heavy use, had become a bit plain and uninspiring – the platforms stood bare and didn't reflect the beauty of Attenborough, its environment, businesses or residents. However In less than two years the volunteers, with help of funding and donations from Big Lottery, Nottinghamshire County Council, Tesco’s and local residents, commuters, Councillors and businesses , have greened both platforms with a fabulous display of planters and plants. All the planters in Phase 1, the greening of Platform 1 in April 2018, were built by volunteers mostly from recycled materials and donated plants. Phase 2, the greening of Platform 2 in October 2018, was based on what we’d learnt from Phase 1 e.g. improved plants and planters. Its all become home to an array of vibrant flowers in planters with a bug hotel to help insects overwinter. Feedback from Station users has been encouraging and rewarding, especially as it’s not been easy to maintain the planters with the two hot summers we’ve had. However nearly 20 volunteers have worked together in ensuring watering has been successful by transporting water from home in shopping trollies, waterproof bags and milk bottles. Over two years each platform has separately been awarded a national silver award by the Association of Community Rail Partnership’s. - the latest was announced in August 2019.

Thursday 29th August 2019 sees the opening of the latest development on the station to be delivered by the volunteer adopters, the Attenborough Elderflowers – the Attenborough Story, yesterday and today. Early surveys on the station came up with support not just for the greening but also for storyboards giving more information about the station and village and promoting us to visitors. Part of the funding was dependent on providing the boards so the volunteers, helped by many other people with local knowledge, history, photos and stories, are now ready to unveil the storyboards at 2pm on 29th August 2019. There will be a ceremony and Elderflowers will be there to explain the stories behind their planting and the Attenborough Story. Everyone is welcome!

One of the problems found early on was so many people were providing research and content for the storyboards that it was impossible to include them all on the platforms. As a result, there are links on each storyboard to a website (from 29th August see https://attenboroughelderflowers.com) which in part replicates the boards themselves but also provides links to other websites, documents and images. Most importantly it encourages people to tell their own relevant stories, post their own pictures and ensure what is on the boards is not the only part of the story we know about. It also tells people how to become an Elderflower to help maintain the planters and to donate so we have the funds to keep maintaining the planters for years to come.

There is great benefit in ‘greening’ public areas – the RHS says ‘Greening Grey Britain’ aims to ‘provide an air conditioning system for our cities, ease stress, encourage exercise and support wildlife’.

We think our project can make a big difference – for many people the station is the gateway into Attenborough and we want to bring life and a sense of vibrancy and pride to this important space. Residents, commuters, businesses and community groups have helped to support us in our fundraising efforts, which will make Attenborough a more attractive place to arrive at.

Every penny raised through Crowdfunding helps to build the Attenborough Elderflower Community Gardens bringing with it all the associated health and wellbeing benefits of being active outdoors. Donations are sought to:

- Buy plants, seeds and shrubs on a seasonal basis

- Maintain and create new community gardens

Local traders and our schools, care centres and community groups are encouraged to use it to build new relationships and get involved in a truly local project. We hope this garden will be the fore runner of other local community garden schemes in the village e.g. working with the nursey to create a learning habitat

Growth in rail services and journeys has resulted in more car journeys to the village. By promoting the environmental and health benefits of the station and its garden we will hope to inspire those journeys to be made by walking and cycling and for more people to use the station

We think that we can bring back some of the beauty to Attenborough Station and your donations will make a big difference to our project.

The great majority of Elderflowers are also members of Attenborough Garden Club, all are volunteers and, at present the age range is 60-80 years old. They are official East Midlands Rail adopters of Attenborough Station.

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  • Attenborough Elderflowers 2 months ago
    Attenborough Elderflowers

    Attenborough Elderflowers

    2 months ago

    On 29th August 2019 come see the Attenborough Story, yesterday and today! People asked for storyboards about the station and village. These will be unveiled at 2pm and all are welcome. So much information was provided to us, we could not include it all so each storyboard links to a website with links to that information. It encourages people to tell their own relevant stories, post their own pictures and add to the stories. It also tells people how to become an Elderflower and to donate so we have the funds to maintain the planters in future.

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  • Attenborough Elderflowers 1 year ago
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    Attenborough Elderflowers

    1 year ago

    How good? We were asked to enter for an Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Annual Community Award - It’s Your Station 2018. This is an award for schemes with good gardening, environmental principles and strong community involvement. We put an entry in, were assessed on a visit from RHS and ACoRP representatives within days and a few days later found we’d been shortlisted out of 25 projects for the national award. We’ll find out how well we’ve done by the time our next Community Day in mid-October comes around.

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  • Attenborough Elderflowers 1 year ago
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    Attenborough Elderflowers

    1 year ago

    Hi Wwe’ve been watering and planning for the next two stages of the project – Platform 2 Greening and Attenborough History Storyboards for both platforms. We have been awarded some funding from the County Council to help with this and donations are still coming in from local businesses and individuals towards Platform 2. All planters have plaques to acknowledge large donations and they have proven popular with families with an emotional link to the station. We’ve also recruited four more Elderflowers to help us.

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Page last updated on: 8/25/2019 16.35

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 22, 2018

    Thank you so much for all your hard work. The planters on Platform 1 have given me much pleasure to see over the summer and I look forward to seeing Platform 2.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 17, 2018

    Great job! Makes all the difference to the experience of waiting for a train!

  • David Brealey

    David Brealey

    Oct 12, 2018

    Keep up the good work!

    £20.00

  • Caroline Robinson

    Caroline Robinson

    Jul 5, 2018

    Well done, the station looks great - looking forward to the planting on the second platform. Thanks for all your work.

  • Cheryl Stevenson

    Cheryl Stevenson

    Apr 2, 2018

    Thank you so much for taking the initiative to brighten our station and give joy to train journeys!!

    £30.00

  • Lizzy Woodhead

    Lizzy Woodhead

    Mar 28, 2018

    A great community project. In memory of my Dad, Grandma and Grandad who spent happy years in Attenborough

    £30.00

  • Robert Ellis Estate Agents

    Robert Ellis Estate Agents

    Mar 19, 2018

    Local Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors ROBERT ELLIS are happy to be supporting this worthwhile project.

    £250.00

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