Milton Keynes railway station brightened up by local community

Milton Keynes station plants
Credit: London Northwestern Railway

London Northwestern Railway has announced that local children have teamed up with volunteers and railway staff to fill new planters outside Milton Keynes.

Great Linford Scouts were joined by Milton Keynes Model Railway Society and London Northwestern Railway staff on Saturday 26th January 2019 to put a display outside the main entrance.

The planters have been installed as part of ongoing work to improve the station environment and facilities.

London Northwestern Railway has 26 station adoption groups across it’s network.

What did the officials say?

Vicky Cropper, head of stakeholder and community for London Northwestern Railway, said:

“The new planters will brighten up the area for commuters and visitors passing through the station, and we are grateful to the local community for getting behind this installation. We have an army of volunteer station adopters across our network who maintain similar displays. These are popular with travellers and bring local communities together. It’s been great to get a number of groups together for this planting and we are always looking for more people to get involved.”

Russell Horne, chairman of Great Linford Scout Group, said:

“This was a great opportunity for the group to get involved with other organisations outside Scouting. As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life, such as teamwork, leadership and resilience. These skills have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills”.

Terry Silver, exhibition manager for Milton Keynes Model Railway Society, said:

“We are delighted to be involved with this project and it is timed perfectly for our 50th anniversary year. We were one of the first organisations to embrace the name Milton Keynes into its title. With this, and our flower planting at Bletchley station, we are pleased to celebrate our continuing role in the community.”

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