On track with a best kept station award

February 2020

Nantwich in Bloom - Working for the enviroment



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 Council 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 Marketing Manager

  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 platforms.

   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.

   They won the Best Station award in 2018.


ANOTHER station to win an award this year was Wrenbury which received the Roberts Bakery Award for the most improved station. Friends of 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 Secretary.  


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 to enjoy.

   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.









One of the  flower beds at Nantwich Station

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