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Through here to Martin Mere: station artwork creates gateway to nature reserve

Community Rail Lancashire has worked with a local school to create an artistic feature at Burscough Bridge Station, signposting the footpath to Martin Mere Wetland Trust.

The nature-inspired mural was a collaboration between Community Rail Lancashire, Ormskirk-based community artist Angie Thompson and the pupils of Burscough Bridge Methodist Primary School, aiming to inspire more rail passengers to take the walk to the nature reserve.

The artwork was unveiled on Wednesday 6 December, with the whole school visiting the station to view their creations.  

Stephen Benge, Chair of the West of Lancashire CRP, said: “We’re so pleased to see the fantastic pictures which I hope will draw people’s attention to the footpath from Burscough Bridge Station to Martin Mere Wetland Trust.

“With Martin Mere Wetland Trust being an important area of nature conservation, it’s good to encourage people to travel there by environmentally-friendly forms of transport – such as getting the train and walking. Well done to everyone involved in producing this great piece of artwork, especially Community Rail Lancashire and Community Rail Network’s Community Rail Development Fund.”

Mrs Tyler, Headteacher at Burscough Bridge Methodist Primary School, said: “It has been a real pleasure to be able to work with artist Angie Thompson in creating a wonderful piece of work for the local station, which will be enjoyed by all members of the community. It will not only enhance the station environment but will also signpost the walk to Martin Mere. We believe it is important for everyone to get out and about, and what better way is there than walking.

“Take yourself down to the station and have a look at the amazing artwork – we are very proud of the children’s work.”

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