Thursday 29 August saw the opening of the latest development on the station to be delivered by the volunteer adopters, the Attenborough Elderflowers – the Attenborough Story, Yesterday and Today.
In less than two years the volunteers, with help of funding and donations from National Lottery, Nottinghamshire County Council, Tesco’s Bags of Help and local residents, commuters, councillors and businesses , have greened both platforms with a fabulous display of planters and plants. Feedback from Station users is encouraging and rewarding, especially as it’s not been easy to maintain the planters with the two hot summers we’ve had. However nearly 20 volunteers have worked together in ensuring watering has been successful by transporting water from home in shopping trolleys, waterproof bags and milk bottles. So successful that over two years each platform has separately been awarded a national silver award by ACoRP. The latest was only announced last week!
What more was there to do other than keep planting? Well early surveys on the station came up with support not just for the greening but also for storyboards giving more information about the station and village and promoting us to visitors. So the volunteers, helped by many other people with local knowledge, history, photos and stories, unveiled the storyboards on 29 August 2019. At the unveiling by Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Kevin Rostance, local MP Anna Soubry and local County and Borough Councillors Richard Jackson and Eric Kerry, Elderflowers explained the stories behind their planting and the Attenborough Story Yesterday and Today.
One problem is so many people were providing research and content for the storyboards that it was impossible to include them all on the platforms. As a result, there are links on each storyboard to a website which provides links to other websites, documents and images. Most importantly it encourages people to tell their own relevant stories, post their own pictures and ensure what is on the boards is not the only part of the story we know about. It also tells people how to become an Elderflower to help maintain the planters, and donate so we have the funds to keep maintaining the planters for years to come.
Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Attenborough is one of many places across the county which are benefiting from LIS-funded village signs and displays, helping give our communities even more of a sense of identity and a chance to showcase their fascinating histories. It all goes towards highlighting what a great place Nottinghamshire is to live and visit.”
Nottinghamshire County Councillor Eric Kerry, the local member for Attenborough, who originally supported the project’s bid for LIS funding and is due to attend the unveiling said, “This is lovely example of how the Local Improvement Scheme is helping the environment and bringing local history to life for residents and visitors to Attenborough. After almost two years of hard work and dedication by our fantastic volunteers, these impressive story boards will be a great addition to the train station platform community gardens and local community.”
Attenborough Elderflowers are seeking more money to ensure there is enough funding going forward for maintenance. Their ambition is to extend the greening to other parts of the village. Donations can be made online here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/attenboroughelderflowers