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Flower thieves strike at station garden

Volunteers at Ellesmere Port railway station discover plants stolen

Ian Cooper
Thieves have stolen plants from Ellesmere Port station

Thieves have struck at an award-winning railway station.

Volunteers discovered that heartless hooligans had made off with plants lovingly tended at the Grade II listed Ellesmere Port station.

A furious Kenny Spain from the Friends of the Station told the Pioneer thieves had stolen all the plants which had been put in at the front of the station.

But he revealed another 100 plants destined for the station were safe at another location.

“It really is very sad,” he said.

“The plants would have been at their best in February and March but we are not going to give up.”

Scaffolding has been erected at the station which is being renovated and restored with new facilities including a cafe.

The station gained joint first in the national community rail station volunteer project category and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in the North West In Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ competition.

The competition brings members of the community together to make positive change to the place they live, work or spend their leisure time.

Volunteers including schools, scouts, councillors and residents have transformed the station into a place where people feel more comfortable waiting for their train.

Cllr Pat Merrick (Lab), Rossmore ward borough councillor said: “Ellesmere Port Station has changed to a key busy gateway in to the local community where passengers can enjoy the artwork and gardens.

“Well done to the Friends who have worked hard.”

Cllr Merrick has also supported the Friends of the station through her member budget.

The Friends say they are looking forward to 2014 with new artwork and planting planned.

Volunteers are always welcome and can obtain further details from Sally Buttifant, senior transport officer on 01244 976788.

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