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Chuffed to bits - Lewes Railway Station looks blooming lovely for summer

Mary Sautter, Jane Tyrer, Cllr Stephen Catlin and Sam Bryant, of the Sussex Community Rail Partnership

Mary Sautter, Jane Tyrer, Cllr Stephen Catlin and Sam Bryant, of the Sussex Community Rail Partnership

The Community Rail Project, which has seen the transformation of Lewes Railway Station’s gardens and planters, took another successful step forward last week.

Four hanging baskets filled with a planting in the Lewes colours of blue and yellow were hauled into place under the station canopy.

Two more baskets were installed at the head of the ramp from Platform 2.

The baskets were filled and planted up as a donation from Goldcliff Garden Centre on the A259 near Ringmer and it plans to work with the volunteers for an autumn planting too.

The Lewes Garden Centre at Kingston has contributed to two seasons’ plantings in the large old luggage barrow on the former Uckfield line platform. Town traders have also contributed to the success of the scheme by sponsoring the planting tubs around the station, and the South Downs National Park Authority has contributed too.

The volunteer work at the station is carried out by Mary Sautter, Lindsay Anderson and Jane Tyrer together with Lewes Town Councillor Stephen Catlin.

A special effort was made to help the station look its best for Saturday, when the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Micheal Turner, unveiled a timeline for the history of the route to Seaford which was celebrating its 150th anniversary that day.

The Seaford Steam Special, pulled by locomotive ‘Oliver Cromwell’, pounded through the station on its way to Seaford, Eastbourne and Hastings.

 

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