The station group at the Derbyshire town of Buxton are involved in a huge range of community development and environmental projects. Their biodiversity work has included the creation of both a Japanese and wildflower garden, and they are part of the ‘Buzzing Stations’ project, in which stations offer environments for the rare and endangered Bilberry bumblebee.
The group coordinate a diverse range of artwork, producing murals, mosaics, and statues to make the station more welcoming. The Friends take a lead on local events, share their enthusiasm and expertise with other station groups, and last year were recognised as ‘heritage heroes’ by Buxton Civic Association, cementing their place at the
heart of the community. The group has also been proactive in coordinating reatil recovery from pandemic with its Rail Retail Trail.
A scheme championed by the Friends of Buxton Station in 2020, when station groups in the Peak District learnt about a rare and endangered bumblebee native to the High Peak, the Bilberry Bumblebee. With the support of the High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), and Northern, the groups are working to ensure their station gardens are bee-friendly habitats.
Rail Retail Trail
In a move designed to help local traders to recover from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, the group published their Rail Retail Trail leaflet – a guide to some of the town’s more unusual small retail businesses.