News from East Midlands Trains


New 14 Mile Garden Open to All

A new 14 mile garden has been created with over 40 new planters looking blooming marvellous across the seven Derwent Valley Line stations between Duffield and Matlock.   

A phenomenal 500 plants are blooming in 32 new troughs, 10 new barrel planters and 4 new hanging baskets installed at stations along the Derwent Valley Line.  These 46 new ‘mini’ gardens add to the existing platform planters and hanging baskets making an amazing total of 82 floral displays across the 7 stations.  Station volunteers along the line have been assisting East Midlands Trains and the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership to install and create wonderful floral displays in the 46 new plant containers.

A visit to local stations on the Derwent Valley Line is now even more welcoming, whilst passengers enjoying a trip along the whole line, will be able to enjoy all these great floral displays to add to the already scenic journey through the Derwent Valley.

Passengers arriving at Duffield are welcomed by 5 new planting troughs fixed to the station fence complementing the existing platform planters and hanging baskets maintained by station volunteers from Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.  The entrance to Belper station is now adorned with a new planting trough before passengers descend the station ramps to view the extensive station gardens that are being transformed by station volunteers from Transition Belper.   

Ambergate now looks amazing, having been transformed from a bare platform with 15 new planters consisting of 9 planting troughs along the platform fence and 6 new oak barrels, which new station volunteers are helping to care for.  Whatstandwell’s original 6 platform planters are now accompanied by 5 new planting troughs, in the car park and along the platform.  At the historic Cromford station, 5 new planting troughs and 4 new oak barrels are brightening up the station platform, which follow recent planting improvements along the station approach road.

Visitors to Matlock Bath are greeted with 3 new planting troughs facing the station car park to complement the 10 barrel planters installed earlier in the year by volunteers from Matlock Bath Parish Council.  Finally, the Friends of Matlock Station have 4 new planting troughs and 4 hanging baskets accompanying their 13 planters along the station platform.   

Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “The stations really do look stunning and we are extremely grateful to all of the hard work put in by the team of volunteers and our own staff.  During the summer holidays, we see an increased number of passengers travelling on this route to make the most of the attractions on offer and it’s great that they will see our stations in the very best light.”

The new planting containers are the latest improvements to local stations which have seen Belper, Matlock Bath and Matlock all reach the final of various categories at East Midlands Trains Best Station Awards, the results of which will be announced in September.   Friends of Matlock Station have also just received a special Award for Excellence from Matlock in Bloom for the Attractive Station Environment.

Funding for the 46 new plant containers and all the plants for this summer, has been obtained by the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership from the Community Rail Small Grants Fund and the Designated Community Rail Development Fund, both grants are administered by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).