For three months during the summer Molly has been helping Julia, our Wrabness station adopter, with the station garden for an hour a week as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award. Whilst much of the work was maintenance Molly's input ensured the garden looked lovely throughout the summer. The work has helped Molly towards the community aspect of her award and has been a great benefit for both Julia and Molly.

ESSCRP are always keen to work with the community and welcome any groups or individuals to contact us for more information about volunteering opportunities.

The ESSCRP team together with Greater Anglia welcomed volunteers from across the county on 31 August to the annual Thank You event, which is our chance to show our appreciation to the volunteers who make the stations vibrant, bright and welcoming to the thousands of train travellers each year.

Jayne, along with Jonathan Denby (Greater Anglia) and Sean Perry (Essex County Council), thanked all the volunteers who have given their time and energy to enable the CRP to improve the look of stations around the county, spanning 5 lines and 34 stations.  The hard work and dedication can be seen from Southminster to Wickford, Braintree to Witham, Marks Tey to Sudbury, Colchester to Clacton and Walton-on-the Naze and Manningtree to Harwich.  

Some photos from the event can be found below.


Year 3 of St Andrews Primary School Weeley joined Terri & Lynda Community Rail Officers for ESSCRP for a fun educational morning at Clacton Station.

The day began with a train journey from Weeley to Clacton. Where, we were joined by Luke and Emily from the Bee Friendly Trust. The children learned about honey bees and pollination. Afterwards the children planted, bee friendly plants in the large planters on platform 2. The flowers are not only providing nectar for the bees but are improving the environment for all users of Clacton Station.

Planting at Clacton Station

Spring is hereIts now time to get out and start planting, spring is here.  When I think of all the hard work our station adopters put in to making our station gardens look colourful and welcoming I am so enthused by the dedication and commitment.  We are just at the time in the season when our dedicated station adopters will be out digging up the flower beds or replanting the tubs that make our station environment so alive.  Lots of thought go into colour schemes and types of plants that provide a contrast for sometimes a dull station building or fence.  I know a lot of our station adopters are keen to recycle not only bulbs but old compost as well. A huge thank you to all our wonderful station adopters and looking  forward to seeing the flowers appearing over the summer months.   

You can now download our 2016 Activity Book, which outlines a lot of the work done by the CRP.

You can view this by clicking here

2016 Activity Image


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