Local radio station ‘adopts’ Diss rail station
Diss rail station has been adopted by the team from local radio station, Park Radio, who will be creating station gardens for the community.
They have already installed and planted some flower tubs on the platform that are creating a bright welcome for station users.
Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, James Reeve, said, “I’d like to welcome Park Radio to the role of station adopters. The team has already made an impact with their lovely floral displays and I look forward to working with them and hearing their ideas.”
Chris Moyse, Park Radio’s Director and Station Manager said “We are delighted to be involved in the station adoption scheme. It really demonstrates Park Radio’s true commitment to our community and our broadcasting area which has a potential reach of 80,000 people. I’m particularly proud of our association with Greater Anglia and of course of our team of green-fingered Park Radio volunteers.”
The ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme started in 2003 and enables individuals or groups to adopt their local railway station and contribute to its presentation and welfare for the benefit of the local community.
The voluntary scheme was originally created to improve lines of communication between the train operator and station users however, over the years it has grown to become much more, with station adopters now playing an active role in keeping stations looking good through inventive gardening projects, creative community art projects, taking part in station ‘health checks’ or being the eyes and ears of their station.
Over the years, station adopters have also played a key role in raising money for new initiatives, such as improved waiting facilities or planting beautiful station gardens.
Greater Anglia now has over 200 adopters at over 100 stations across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.