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Community volunteers keep on track with revitalisation of Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station




A dedicated group of volunteers have joined forces to take part in a community project to help spruce-up Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station.

The Station Adoption Scheme encourages people to play an active role in supporting their local train station through a range of projects, including garden maintenance and planting floral displays.

Spearheaded by train operator Greater Anglia, the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership has pledged its support to the initiative.

Katherine Beck has joined the Station Adopter Scheme at Chappel & Wakes Colne station. (39859437)
Katherine Beck has joined the Station Adopter Scheme at Chappel & Wakes Colne station. (39859437)

Keen to take part in the project, Stephen Scrase, chairman of Wakes Colne Parish Council, helped to establish a core team of volunteers.

Having had to put a number of projects on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown, Mr Scrase expressed his delight at the recent work which the team has managed to achieve.

“I’m pleased that progress has now been made,” he said.

“We received funding from The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership for a number of self-watering planters along the platform, and it was wonderful to go off to the local plant centre to select and purchase a wide range of colourful annual plants to fill the planters, thanks to funding from Greater Anglia.”

“We are very happy with the results and when more people start travelling again, they will be able to enjoy the attractive platform.”

The group hopes to stage a range of community events at the station to help raise funds to carry out further projects, while providing donations to Perennial, a charity which supports people working in the horticultural industry.

Garden vouchers can be donated to the community project.