Volunteers move the earth to improve Rayleigh and Hockley stations

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Volunteers have spent a day transforming overgrown areas into gardens at Rayleigh and Hockley rail stations.

20 volunteers from Greater Anglia, the Department for Transport and Essex County Council spent the day digging and planting new flower beds, filling planters and cutting back overgrown bushes and trees at each station.

The huge clear up was organised as a team building day that would also have a positive impact on the community.

As a result, the once overgrown areas have now been transformed into neat gardens, filled with flowers.

Paul Oxley, Greater Anglia’s Stakeholder Manager, who helped on the day, said, “It’s great to be able to work together to give something back to the community.

“The team has made a real difference, creating a better impression to customers and visitors.”

Jayne Sumner, Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership Officer for Essex County Council said, “We were delighted when the Department for Transport said they were looking for a beneficial project for a team building day and grateful to Greater Anglia and Essex County Council staff for getting on board too.

“I’m really pleased with the results of everyone’s hard work.”