NANTWICH in Bloom Committee are no strangers to
awards for their efforts, and now they have contributed to one for the look
Nantwich Railway Station gardens.
The design work of the flower beds was
carried out by Cllr John
Lewis of the Transport Working Group of the former Nantwich Now Market Town
The award was received in
a ceremony at
the Salt Museum, Northwich, in January, attended by Cllr Lewis; the then
Chairman of Nantwich Town Council, Cllr Keith Cafferty; and Mrs Connie
Jones, Deputy Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom Committee.
But the plaque, now in
pride of place at the station, was officially unveiled by the first Town Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Edith Williams, and Kim Hawkins, Group Station Master (North)
of Arriva Trains, in a ceremony on platform 1 on May 26.
The award was for the Best Kept
Gardens 2008 in the
Cheshire Best Kept Station
competition. The lead sponsors of that were Cheshire's Year of Gardens '08
who were supported by "Visit Chester and Cheshire" of
Cheshire and Warrington Tourist Board.
ALDERMAN Doug Butterill, Chairman of the Nantwich
Bloom Committee (left), said: “The raised beds designed by Cllr John Lewis
have made a tremendous difference to the station. The Transport Working Group raised the funds, Nantwich Town
Council have been a great help – and Nantwich in Bloom have done all the
“It’s a real pleasure to get this award because
until recently, the station was a real black spot. We were ashamed for judges to see it. We used to take them over the station
platform and point out the hanging baskets on the church instead.”
Nantwich in Bloom
KIM Hawkins - pictured above with the Nantwich Town Mayor - said adoptees
(the groups who take on the work at stations) were important to Arriva in
bringing the life back into some of its stations.
“We are very reliant on groups such as Nantwich in
Bloom to look after, and bring back, the unmanned stations.
“Doing projects like this has shown that people do
care and look after the station themselves – and, by doing it, are trying to
educate younger people that they are looked after and maintained and we want
to ensure that when they come and visit our stations they leave them the way
they find them.
“This (work) encourages people to
“I am very appreciative of adoptees
who take care of stations, because it is very hard work. We couldn’t
possibly do the work without you. I thank you
and I congratulate you on your award.”
Together with the Town Mayor, Kim then unveiled the plaque marking the award.
CLLR John Lewis (pictured above right with a
feasibility report on the adjacent car park area), said: “Nantwich in Bloom
have done a tremendous amount of work in planting up the beds and the other
work was done
under the auspices of Nantwich Now Market Town Project.
"The next phase is to do the other
side of the station wall - to get Network Rail to combine with the Town
Council in developing the car park facility.
“A large feasibility report has been done with the
backing of the old Cheshire County Council. This provides a whole range of
options of rearrangement so that it can become a proper car park to support
the station and be a main rail gateway to the town.”
[The lady to the
rear of the picture of Cllr Lewis is Mrs Connie Jones, Deputy Chairman of
Nantwich in Bloom Committee.]
phase of the planting at the station is the hanging baskets.
The baskets in 2008.
was talk at one time of photographic panels on the walls of the former
station buildings - now the
Natraj Restaurant - but there aren't any there yet.