Rochdale – After many hours of very hard work applying for funding to different charitable organisations, my wife and I have made nine planters so far in our garage. These have been made of decking wood to ensure that they are sturdy and will give many years of use. The overall aim is to make twenty-five in total for the station. I have been pleased with the positive feedback that I have received since the first planters were put in position. I normally make regular trips to the station to water the flowers, although Rod does water them for me when I can’t make it. Currently work at Rochdale has been curtailed by the work on a new platform by Network Rail. Hopefully it should all be finished by May 2016 and the new season’s flowers can be planted to enhance the station for passengers.
Mills Hill – lots of work has already been completed at Mills Hill, with more planned once the weather improves. Twenty-seven flower boxes have been fitted to the station fences and I will be asking my wife to help me again to make more planters from to put at the ends of the platforms as the platforms are narrow. New LED lighting heads have been fitted to the Manchester bound platform path which has made the walk to and from the station much safer for users who can now clearly be seen from the road. I hope to have more news shortly of a substantial grant for providing disabled access at Mills Hill.
Moston – has not had much intervention to date. The only work carried out here has been clearing of undergrowth and litter-picking, which was a desperate need and made a difference to the look of the station. Mark Angelucci from Transport for Greater Manchester has been a great help and support with work at Moston station. I am currently waiting for Northern Rail to provide blue paint for the walls around the platform and shelter.
Manchester Victoria – now has four large planters that my wife and I have made in our garage and I incurred a parking ticket whilst delivering to the station! Being under-cover causes some problems as they need regular watering so I have made regular trips to do this, however we have had plants dying and this seems to be a combination of the fumes in the area and sadly passengers using the planters to rest luggage. (A fairly common problem ed) There has been a request from an employee at the station for an ‘Incredible Edible’ planter so this is currently being considered if a suitable site can be found.
Harry has offered to make ACoRP a couple of planters for outside the Water Tower in Huddersfield, a offer we are taking him up on…..Brian