New adopter and community rail projects at London Midland stations have reaped top awards in local and regional In Bloom competitions.
At Stechford station, the community artwork project by St Edburgha’s Scouts and new flower displays installed by Stechford Neighbourhood Forum brought special praise from the Its Your Community judges, who rated the station a special area of achievement. The station had never before been part of the project, but this year the judges were impressed by the involvement and support of so many community partners; particularly the dedication of the scouts learning photography to create 3 Faces of Stechford photo posters that demonstrate the community’s involvement with their local railway.
Extensive new floral displays at Lichfield City station helped Lichfield win Gold in Heart of England in Bloom. The support of local businesses, community groups and London Midland staff like Soho Depot train technician Ben Williams and Train Cleaner Nawab Zada making, planting and tending the displays saw the station judged an area of outstanding achievement.
An inspiring new station adoption gardening project for Stratford-upon-Avon by local people including John, George and Chris, who are helped by Avon Support (which provides work and volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties) scooped the top Chairman’s In Bloom Award for the station. In just a few months, a formerly uninspiring platform has been transformed by the new adopters in partnership with the station team and London Midland Property Services, creating a fitting gateway to the historic town.
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to achieve these fantastic station improvements; they truly deserve to be recognised with these awards. It has been a bumper year for community rail and each of these projects reflects the new partnerships we have been focusing on, with communities and businesses being empowered to join with the London Midland team and show their pride for their stations.”