Children’s artwork and the work of green fingered parish councillors has led to Matlock Bath Railway Station being shortlisted for a Best Station award.
A set of artwork depicting local scenes of Matlock Bath has been produced by children from Matlock Bath Holy Trinity Primary School.
The colourful and vibrant scenes have been installed inside the station waiting room to be enjoyed by passengers whilst waiting for their train. These are complemented by a pair of images adorning the platform fence and exterior of the waiting room welcoming people to Matlock Bath station.
Amanda Mee, head teacher at Matlock Bath Holy Trinity Primary School, said: “The children really enjoyed being part of the project and as a school we feel it is important to be involved in community projects.”
Parish councillors, who adopted the station in January, also installed a set of barrel planters along the platform and station entrance area.
The planting barrels have been purchased and installed by the parish council and the plants grown by children from Matlock Bath Holy Trinity Primary School.
The station adopters are now able to water the plants using a sustainable water supply from a pair of water containers which collect rainwater from the roof of the waiting room.
Station Manager Rob Burton said: “We’re really pleased with all the hard work put in by the volunteers and the school children in brightening up Matlock Bath station. It’s great that this has all been done in time for the summer holidays to ensure even more of our passengers can see the improvements made at the station.”
These projects, along with a new access ramp into the waiting room, have seen Matlock Bath qualify as a finalist in the ‘Most Improved Station’ category in the East Midlands Trains Best Station Awards.
Matlock station has also successfully reached the final of Most Improved Station and Best Small Station at the East Midlands Trains’ Best Station Awards, the results of which will be announced in September.
The children’s artwork project has been funded by the Community Rail Small Grants Fund and the water containers by the Designated Community Rail Development Fund, both grants are administered by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).