Left to right: the Mayor of Nantwich,
Councillor Arthur Moran; Malcolm Reid, Nantwich in Bloom;
Douglas Bowyer Bates, Nantwich in Bloom; Sue Sherwood,
Nantwich in Bloom Chair; Steve Otter, Nantwich in Bloom and Ansa (the Cheshire East company); Kulvinder Bassi,
Community Rail Team Leader for the Department of Transport;
and Mark Barker, Chairman of Cheshire
Best Kept Stations.
Main information and images
from a Press release by Sheryl Birtles, Nantwich Town Council's
Additional material by "A Dabber's Nantwich"
THE awards keep coming in for Nantwich
after the Nantwich in Bloom Committee scooped another award
in the Cheshire Best Kept Stations competition of 2019.
Members of the committee collected
the Merseyrail In Bloom Award at a ceremony at The Grange
Theatre, in Hartford, on Tuesday, January 28.
The awards were presented by Kulvinder Bassi, Community
Rail Team Leader for the Department of Transport.
The awards were set up to celebrate
and recognise the hard work of station adoption and
community groups across Cheshire.
The ceremony, which was
attended by more than 150 guests, shines a light on
improvements to stations from gardening to arts projects and
other community activities.
Nantwich in Bloom
volunteers have put considerable effort into making Nantwich
Station a reflection of the town’s allure, with the planting
and maintenance of flowerbeds and containers on the station
These provide an attractive and
welcoming all year round floral display which can be enjoyed
by all rail
passengers, residents and visitors to the town.
Nantwich in Bloom are the Transport for Wales Station
Adopter for the railway station.
IN 2014, Nantwich in Bloom Committee became the first group to win a
new best kept stations award from In Bloom 2013.
They have been
winning awards for their work on Nantwich Station since
2008 when they won a Community Award, followed by the Best
Kept Garden Award in 2010 and 2017, the Cheshire East Award
in 2011, and the Merseyrail in Bloom award in 2016 as well
as 2019. There was also a special award in May 2012 at the Station
Adoption Conference in Shrewsbury.
the Best Station award in 2018.
ANOTHER station to win an award
which received the Roberts Bakery Award for the most improved
Wrenbury Station are the
Transport for Wales Station Adopter for the railway
station which is a request stop station.
THE full list of
awards can be found via the link
THE Nantwich station award follows a series of awards
from North West In Bloom which included a Gold Award in the
Town Category and an Outstanding Contribution Award for
long-serving volunteer Sue Hughes, the Nantwich in Bloom
Doug receives an award for work with Britain in Bloom
AN award from North West in
Bloom was a Lifetime Achievement which was recently
presented to Nantwich resident, Alderman Doug Butterill.
Unable to attend the awards
ceremony, Doug was handed his accolade by
Nantwich In Bloom Chair, Sue Sherwood, and the Mayor of
Nantwich. Councillor Arthur Moran.
Doug has been involved with
Britain in Bloom since 1979. That's 40 years of promoting
‘bloom’ in Nantwich and encouraging others to join him. He
was Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom for many years.
Latterly, he has worked with
primary schools, the Rotary Club of Nantwich and Greenspaces
South Cheshire CIC, primarily in Coed Wen, an area for tree planting off
Shrewbridge Road, and in Nantwich Riverside, planting bulbs
and wildflowers and creating a legacy for future generations
Nantwich has benefitted greatly
from all his work.
For just one example of that
work see here.
The Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor
Arthur Moran, and Nantwich In Bloom Chair Sue Sherwood
present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Doug Butterill.