Cambridgeshire community ‘heroes’ recognised for station voluntary work

Wednesday 17 October 2018

A couple who dedicate their time to keeping Cambridgeshire’s wildlife thriving have been recognised with an award by Greater Anglia.

Philip and Kathryn Ball beat 45 other nominees from across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to win the ‘Best Personal Contribution Award’ at Greater Anglia’s 2018 Adopter Awards (Friday 12 October).

Their unique and dedicated approach to nature gardening at Shelford station, which is helping to record and protect local wildlife, is helping the rail station to become a wildlife haven.

Since becoming station adopters Philip and Kathryn have kept detailed records of all the plants at the station, even wild ones, and observed the impact that they have on butterfly and moth populations and other wildlife.
The records and photography are then displayed in the waiting room for all to see and Kathryn even introduces the children she works with to the project.

Also recognised at the awards were Peter and Elizabeth Townrow, Rachel Luff and Emma Smith who were highly commended in the ‘Best Adopter Group’ award for their work to install informative community notice boards at Manea station and maintain a room at the station where people can pick up leaflets and information.

Martin Moran, Greater Anglia’s Commercial and Customer Service Director, said: “Our station adopters are real community heroes who give so much time and enthusiasm to bring rural stations to life and restore their links to the communities they serve.

“The adopters know their stations and the needs of their community well and we are happy to support their aims through small grants and facilitating improvements.

“I am delighted that we can also recognise and thank them through the Adopter Awards - we’ve seen some fantastic and innovative projects this year and I would like to thank them all for their continued hard work.”

Greater Anglia’s Station Adoption initiative sees local people across the network get involved with their local stations to come up with ideas and projects that benefit their communities.

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