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Kettering Station Adopters proudly display station gardening progress

Kettering Station Adopters have been busy transforming outside spaces at the station with the help of funding from Community Rail Network and East Midlands Railway.

Several members of the Kettering Civic Society work as Station Adopters, playing an active role in ensuring Kettering Station is kept a welcoming and vibrant place.

The group had a meeting in February of this year with Alexa Stott, Community Ambassador for EMR and Paul Jones, EMR Manager, to seek permission and to decide on suitable sized planters that could be positioned in safe places on the station.

With the help of Community Rail Network’s Small Grants Fund, the group were able to purchase six new planters, and Boughton Loam kindly donated a one-ton sack of soil. The small team of volunteers have been working tirelessly to fill each of the promenade planters, planting begonias, lavender and dianthus, and keeping on top of the watering each week.

The station volunteers have been busy transforming the outside spaces at Kettering Station for years. Since 2015, they have been engaging with students from The Prince’s Trust to transform a piece of station land into a rose garden.


Monica Ozdemir, Secretary of Kettering Civic Society, said: “We are very grateful to all those who have offered encouragement along the way. We’re all so pleased that passing commuters are able to admire our work.

“Everyone put their ‘all’ into the task: the feeling of satisfaction makes the process worthwhile. We enjoyed the banter, team spirit, and each other’s company. We’re already thinking about our next project!”

You can keep up to date with all news from Kettering Civic Society via the newsletters on their website.