Brimsdown station's floral displays win accolade

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Brimsdown rail station has received a Certificate of Merit at this year’s Enfield In Bloom competition, thanks to the dedication of station adopter, Avril Nanton and Ticket Office Clerk, Dawn Norton.

The station, on London Liverpool Street – Hertford East railway line, won the accolade in the ‘Best Public Building’ category.

Avril and Abellio Greater Anglia employee, Dawn, planted stunning floral displays on the platform this year to welcome visitors who arrive by rail.

Avril, a keen gardener, is now planting a range of bulbs ready for the Spring which include narcissi, anemone, hyacinth and tulips. Approaching her role with great pride, Avril has also branched out into helping to clean parts of the station to ensure that the garden area is looking its best and is filling tubs and baskets with many of her homegrown plants.

Dawn has decorated Brimsdown station’s Ticket Office with a host of plants and flowers to create a warm welcome to rail passengers.

Abellio Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, Phil Sargent, said, “Avril has worked wonders in a short space of time and the garden area looks lovely as a result. The award from Enfield In Bloom is very well deserved and great recognition of the time and effort that she and Dawn have put it. I would like to thank them for helping to create a bright and warm welcome to the station.”

Abellio Greater Anglia’s Adopt-a-Station initiative sees volunteers around the network adopting their local stations and reporting to the train operator about the standard of facilities at the station as well as bringing their own schemes to fruition – such as acquiring a new bench for the platform, planting gardens and filling flower tubs, and helping to keep the platforms free from litter.

The Adopt-a-Station initiative is aimed at improving lines of communication between the train operator and railway station users, promoting and encouraging feedback about the station buildings and facilities to help ensure that they meet the high standards expected by those who use them.