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Cromford Parish Council is taking their local station into the heart of the community by adopting the station. The Parish Council working with local volunteers is helping to provide a sustainable future for the station by taking local ownership through adopting the station. Over last two years, several members of the Parish Council have teamed up with a number of local residents as station adopters, to start improving the environment and make the station more welcoming to passengers. Great progress has been made by the volunteers clearing overgrown vegetation which has allowed more light into the station, making users feel more confident using the station. Several of the volunteers have retained an interest over many years in improving the station since their original involvement, as part of the Cromford Station Committee, that managed the extensive refurbishment of the station building.
As part of the Parish making a greater commitment to the station they have agreed to contribute £250 a year towards plants and equipment for the station. The Parish Council has also received £500 from Derbyshire County Councillor, Irene Ratcliffe’s Community Leadership Fund towards purchasing tools and equipment for the station adopters. These new funds will be of great support to the work of the station adopters who have made great strides in improving the station environment, which has been greatly appreciated by passengers using the station. Councillor Irene Ratcliffe, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership said: “I am so pleased that Cromford Parish Council has agreed to adopt their local station. The improvements carried out by the volunteers at Cromford Station have been amazing, and this new commitment from the Parish Council will ensure that there is continuity and a sustainable future for continuing this work”. The Station Adopters currently work two mornings a month throughout the year to manage the station environment. Their work has included planting of mainly native plants and bulbs to recolonise the station banking areas, whilst managing invasive vegetation. The adopters also maintain summer and winter bedding plant displays on the station platform. Over the winter, over 1000 plants and bulbs have been planted along the Station embankment providing an impressive display that will also be of benefit to local wildlife. The number of adopters is steadily increasing but more volunteers would be very welcome. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Council.
The work of the station adopters has been supported by the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, who have also been co-ordinating other improvements to the station. Over the winter significant tree felling and pruning work has been carried out, to reduce the amount of Sycamore regrowth which was having a negative impacting on the management of the historic station building. Additionally, a couple of conifer trees have been removed for safety reasons and tree pruning carried out around lamp columns on the approach road. The Community Rail Partnership has also acquired funding to replace the broken fencing to complement the recently rebuilt dry stone wall at the station entrance. The tree felling work, new fencing and extensive re-planting have been fully funded by grants totalling over £14,000 from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACORP), with match funding provided by work carried out by DerwentWISE, East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and station volunteer time. Paul Mobbs, Customer Experience Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: "We are delighted that Cromford Parish Council is adopting the station. The work that has been done over the last few years by the Parish Council and the volunteers has been excellent and customers have really benefited from all their hard work. We would like the take the opportunity to thank everybody who continues to support the station and we look forward to working with the Parish Council and the volunteers on further improvements".