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A team of willing volunteers has recently been hard at work at East Midlands Trains station at Spalding. The team, made up of volunteers from the South Holland Churches Volunteers and the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Users Forum, with the co-operation of East Midlands Trains, have just completed phase one of a three phase approach to help the train company revitalise this Victorian railway station's appearance. This phase of the project entailed two months of hard work by the volunteers in clearing the two flower beds and planting over 300 plants and shrubs for the Tulip Festival and World Tulip Summit, which will take place later in May.
An official launch of the new flower beds at Spalding will take place on Saturday 10 May at 1300 at Spalding Railway station. As well as representatives from the group of volunteers, there will be a special guest appearance by Daphne Ledward, the author, radio and TV gardening presenter.
Commenting, Nigel Carlisle, Route Manager Lincolnshire and Norfolk who will be attending the event to represent East Midlands Trains said:
"The volunteers have done a great job of brightening up the station, and we would like to thank them for all their hard work. At East Midlands Trains, we are keen to get local communities involved with their local railway station and this is a perfect example of communities working together to bring about improvements".
George Scott, Chairman of the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Users Forum said: There have been many favourable comments as we progressed with the work over the months. It has been said ‘what a difference it has made to the impression visitors get when they depart and arrive from the station.’ The long term project will continue with the installation of a ‘sensory garden’ as the final aim. A station should be a pleasurable environment for the commuters and encourage them to travel by rail whenever possible."