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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 doesn’t reflect the beauty of Attenborough, its environment, businesses or residents.

However, we - the Attenborough Garden Club - are changing all that!

We are making a big difference to this local historic station. On 20th April 2018 Platform 1 became home to an array of vibrant flowers in planters. The big news is that on 26th October 2018 Platform 2 will get similar treatment on a community day when we will also do Autumn plantings, provide a wildlife area to attract more insects, install a bug hotel to help insects overwinter and receive an award from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships for the work we've done on the station.

The Garden Club want to use the experience and knowledge of the Club as a catalyst for joint activity and learning. Donations and a Big Lottery award meant we completed platform 1 and will soon have completed Platform 2. .

Not only will we make the station look attractive, healthy and appealing but, in early 2019 we’ll also create and install information boards to help share the remarkable history of the station and village.

We think this 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 will help 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 materials such as compost and wood

- Buy plants, seeds and shrubs

- Construct raised planters, on hard standing, away from the track

- Build and install the information boards

- 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. 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.

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  • Attenborough Elderflowers 5 months ago
    Attenborough Elderflowers

    Attenborough Elderflowers

    5 months 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 5 months ago
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    Attenborough Elderflowers

    5 months 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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  • Attenborough Elderflowers 8 months ago
    Attenborough Elderflowers

    Attenborough Elderflowers

    8 months ago

    On the 20th EMT, Network Rail and Elderflower Volunteers will be out early heavy lifting. The plan is: planters ready for planting 12.30, planting complete 2.30pm, local pre-school children will finish off their planter about 2.15. Most planters are sponsored by local firms and groups - there will be small plaques on the planters to thank them. We hope local VIP’s and a Big Lottery representative will attend. Everyone welcome - its going to be busy so if you want to have a good look come aftern 3pm when you will see all we've achieved.

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Page last updated on: 10/22/2018 6:36 PM

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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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