2017 has proved a very successful year for our local station adopters and volunteers and their efforts have been officially recognised by some superb results in the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Scheme.
The three core pillars of It’s Your Neighbourhood are community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement –exactly what is required for a station enhancement project to flourish.
Keynsham station lead the way by achieving an Outstanding assessment for the first time also scooping the Wheatley Trophy for Outstanding Landscaped Industrial Site. The achievements of the Keynsham in Bloom group who’s volunteers tend the garden areas and planters are particularly remarkable as much efforts to brighten up the station over previous years had to be completely re-started following significant infrastructure works at the station during 2016. This year the station saw the benefit of new planters and two floral bikes – which formed part of a trail around the town – complimented by an arts project by the Time Out Youth Group. Additional voluntary support from Bath & North East Somerset Council, Network Rail and Community Payback made for a spectacular team effort.
Elsewhere, Oldfield Park station tended by the “On Board” group was assessed as Outstanding for what we believe to be an incredible fifth year running, while the Bedminster station gardening group and the Friends of Yatton station well have earned their well-deserved Outstanding status for the first time. The ten unstaffed stations along the Severn Beach line received their Outstanding certificate for the second year in a row, while many other station entries improved on their previous years assessment and are well on their way to reaching the top level of the scheme.
The Severnside Community Rail Partnership extends its congratulations and thanks is due to all volunteers who so generously lend time to make their local station a bright, colourful, clean and welcoming environment. A few particularly dry spells during the spring and summer made watering particularly challenging and these results are testament to the commitment of all those involved.