Each year, this group of dedicated people transform Poulton Railway station into a breathtaking display of greenery and flowers, with planting displays galore.
They also meet on the first Saturday of each month to carry out maintenance work throughout the year.
While you’re on the station you’ll notice there is a cafe right on the platform, where you can catch a coffee and a broadband signal while you wait for your train – like a home from home.
In 2010, the efforts of the Green Team were well rewarded when they brought home the award for ‘Best kept station gardens in the UK’. The award was made by The Association of Community Rail Partnerships, ACoRP for short, at their Community Rail Awards which were held at Southend-on-Sea on Friday, 24th September, 2010. The team collected first prize for ‘The Best Station Garden or Floral Display’ and have collected a number of other awards since then.
The transformation is carried out through hard work and dedication. Of course fundraising is carried out on an ongoing basis to secure the monies and materials required.
The Poulton-le-Fylde station adoption scheme was taken up and implemented, following a suggestion put forward at a Poulton Market Town Initiative meeting by the Wyre Rail & Cycle Partnership under the leadership of Eddie Fisher back in 2005.
The overarching aim at Poulton was for the partnership to work together in order to return what was at the time sadly neglected platforms and buildings back to their former glory. Initially the partnership was to focus on gardening only, however as time has gone by general improvements to the station have been made with many more planned changes in the pipeline.
The garden area, having been reclaimed from the overgrowth which covered it, is now planted twice yearly with the first display a wonderful carpet of tulips, the plants have been kindly donated by the Plant Place Thornton, along with much needed expert advice and practical help.
There are now hanging baskets, which were provided by Glasdon and sponsored by local businesses, whose generosity has also extended to donating a new seat, flower baskets and a cigarette butt receptacle further helping with the litter problem. Northern Rail has now also provided the station with litter bins which will help greatly.
Many positive and appreciative comments have been received by the team from travellers, rail staff and visitors regarding the improved state of our station which we find extremely encouraging. The team would like to do much more over the coming years, but will need help.
Should you wish to help, either practically by joining in with the tasks or financially by sponsorship of our various projects please contact Jan Cresswell email@example.com who will forward your details to John Pickering (Leader of the Poulton Station Partnership).
Poulton railway station sign
Flowerbeds at Poulton railway station
Poulton railway station