Top Brass Get  Green Fingered


 Directors from East Midlands Trains joined the company’s station management team for a challenge with a difference on Friday 3 May  2013 in a bid to improve Cromford Station approach.
   Five of the company's Directors took time out from their normal day jobs to join a team of Station Managers in a challenge that saw them donning their gardening gloves and taking up their shears to transform the approach to Cromford Station 

Their tasks for the day included cutting back overgrown shrubs, removing weeds and brambles.  A variety of plants, kindly donated by Neil Thompson Nurseries of Tansley (near Matlock) were planted along with bulbs and wildflower seeds.   


The station was divided up into different sections with each team tackling improvements to a specific area.  At the end of the challenge, Garry Purdy, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership judged the work of the two teams and declared the station management team the overall winner of the competition.

      Managing Director David Horne seems happy as he 
    digs in some more compost ! 

The challenge was also supported by Network Rail who are keen to see the environment of local stations improved through local initiatives. This was the second time in recent months that East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and the Community Rail Partnership have worked together to improve a Derwent Valley Line station, following the successful community day at Belper.

Where next? - Ambergate Station approach is an obvious candidate, as is Whatstandwell disused platform.

Members of the community are encouraged to help maintain the garden areas and planters by joining the East Midlands Trains Station Adoption Scheme. Members of the scheme help to keep stations looking good and the community spirit of all involved brings a great sense of pride to both East Midlands Trains teams and the local communities they serve.

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