New floral shelter opened at Uttoxeter Station

19th September 2019

The Uttoxeter station adopters have spent many months planning the installation of a large wooden pergola to provide shelter for people waiting for buses and taxis. It was erected on 18 July by the volunteers, supported by EMR’s Station Service Technicians. Climbing plants – clematis, passion flower and jasmine – have been planted around the base. The pergola has been decorated with images of minibeasts created by Year 4 children at St Mary’s First School. They worked with artist in residence, Tracy McGuiness-Kelly.

The pergola was officially opened on 19 September by Uttoxeter Town Mayor, Councillor Sue McGarry, and project leader and station adopter, Mick Eyre.
Councillor McGarry said “The station is a very important gateway to the town and we are grateful to the Uttoxeter Station Adopters for their hard work in keeping it colourful, clean and welcoming.”

Special thanks go to Mick Eyre, who was Environment Maintenance Manager for Stoke-on-Trent City Council for 31 years until 2007 when he won a Gold Medal and Best in Show for his Clarice Cliff floral bedding scheme at the RHS show at Tatton Park.

The event was attended by children, staff and parents from St Mary’s First School and Windsor Park CE Middle School and by representatives from funding partners East Midlands Railway and Cross Country Trains.

We also thank the Association for Community Rail Partnerships for two grants used in this project.

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