New signs, officially termed ‘running in boards,’ have appeared at St Anne’s station as a result of a joint project involving Community Rail Lancashire, Heyhouses School, St. Anne’s Town Council, Julie Norman from ParkView4U, and the Friends of St. Anne’s station.
The signs, based on pupils’ art work reminds station users and visitors of the town’s annual international Kite Festival and its seaside location. Pupils from Heyhouses School spent time studying the station, took a trip to Preston Station to learn about rail travel and safety, and undertook a range of eco projects which involved building bug hotels and bird boxes and replanting containers.
After the station friends group built a new wooden planter for the platform, it was left to pupils of the school to fill it with plants which to attract insects and other wildlife to the area. Herbs together with purple and blue flowering plants attract insects especially bees and already there is a lot of activity in and around the new planter.
As part of the project, the pupils created brightly coloured insect houses and bird boxes which have also been installed on the station.
As a result of this local focus on the stations Carillion, who manage the station maintenance on behalf of Northern, have had their brushes out and the bulk of the station furniture has received a much needed coat of paint in the last few days. The friends group have also been active, refurbishing and refreshing some of the half-barrels that adorn the platform with new plants and shrubs.
Chairman of the station friends group and the community rail partnership Tony Ford said: “this has been a great project which has involved so many different groups of people. The pupils from the school have been really creative in their efforts and been well supported by Emily Elliott from Community Rail Lancashire.”