East Yorkshire’s Driffield Station is back in bloom thanks to a community initiative by involving local students. Station adopters, Driffield in Bloom have started a community initiative by involving students from the local King’s Mill Special School in helping them look after the East Yorkshire station gardens.
Two groups of six students, aged between 17 and 19 take turns to work at the station alternate weeks for one morning per week. The students are fully supervised by school staff and are very well briefed in station health and safety procedures.
The Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership has purchased two new planters for Driffield Station. These have been installed in the garden area behind station buildings on platform 1. Students are enjoying planting these up with salad and strawberry plants, and are also helping out with weeding and watering duties in other areas of the station gardens and hope to do some fence painting too.
Members of Driffield in Bloom and the YCCRP have also been getting involved with gardening duties, finding it a great way to get to know the students and staff. The students are really enjoying being out in the fresh air and being able to help make a difference to the appearance of their town’s station.