Everything's Coming up Roses at Cantley Station Garden

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Greater Anglia’s Cantley station garden has been short listed for a national ‘Best Station Garden’ award.

The short listings for the Community Rail Awards – to be held in Swindon on Friday 28 September – have just been announced and Cantley station is amongst the lucky few to be up for an award.

The Cantley Station Gardens are looked after by FOCUS (The Friends of Cantley Station).

Geraint Hughes Greater Anglia’s Partnerships Manager: “I’m so pleased that Cantley station has been short listed in the Community Rail Awards Best Station Garden category. FOCUS, The Friends of Cantley Station do a fantastic job of looking after the gardens, making Cantley a high point of a trip on the Wherry lines. I’m delighted their dedication and excellence has been recognised.”

The Cantley station gardens include a magnificent new rose bed, which has garnered widespread praise, a rockery and four further flowerbeds with lavender borders which showcase a mixture of herbaceous perennials, bulbs and shrubs. Not only is the garden beautiful but it also aims to be self-sufficient too, incorporating compost bins and water butts. So enthusiastic are the green-fingered volunteers who make up FOCUS are now tending gardens elsewhere in the village too.

FOCUS work in partnership with the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership, Greater Anglia, Network Rail and Cantley Parish Council.

Chris Wood of Community Rail Norfolk said “Cantley station garden is second to none and I’d like to thank the volunteers who look after it for their hard-work, resourcefulness and creativity.” 

Cantley station is situated on one of the Wherry lines which runs through the beautiful Norfolk Broads connecting the ancient city of Norwich with England’s most easterly town, Lowestoft.