Essex schoolchildren help to brighten Clacton station

Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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Green-fingered schoolchildren in Essex have helped to brighten Clacton-on-Sea rail station.

Youngsters in Year 3 at St Andrews Primary School in Weekly joined members of the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail partnership for a fun educational morning at the station.

The day began with a train journey from Weeley to Clacton, where the group met Luke and Emily from the Bee Friendly Trust. The children learned about honey bees and pollination, before having a go at planting bee friendly plants platform 2. The flowers are not only providing nectar for the bees, but are improving the station for all passengers.

The children enjoyed colouring in pictures of bees and flowers, and decorated envelopes for the wild flower seeds that they were given by Luke and Emily for planting at home.

The children had received rail safety instruction in school from ESSCRP prior to the trip, this was reinforced throughout the morning. Greater Anglia train driver, Bram Bines, gave the children a tour of a class 360 train cab where they practiced making announcement.

This is the second venture that ESSCRP has had with the Bee Friendly Society and local primary schools, and their previous project saw them provide planters at Great Bentley Station.

Lynda Stone, Community Rail Partnerships Officer, said: “Everyone had a great day. We hope to continue our partnership working with schools and The Bee Friendly Society.”