Group 'adopts' Uckfield station

Members of the Brighter Uckfield group have adopted their town's station
Members of the Brighter Uckfield group have adopted their town's station

Members of the Brighter Uckfield group joined forces with Southern Rail and Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) to celebrate the group’s decision to become a formal station partner for Uckfield.

This means the group has now ‘adopted’ the station, From now on staff, passengers and passers-by can enjoy the spectacle of a spruced up town centre amenity.

The aim of the Uckfield station partnership is for the volunteers and Southern to work together to improve the station’s environment so that everyone involved sees benefits.

The group has already undertaken a wide range of planting in the green areas of the stations. Together with the local Rotary Club, they have already added a beautiful splash of colour to the station and they have even introduced herbs. They say if you are on the way home from work and want to add a bit of spice to your supper, then help yourself to a delicious bunch.

There are also discussions on exploring the possibility of displaying an art exhibition with work produced by a local school.

Ian Smith, Chairman of the Brighter Uckfield group, said: “Our station is very much in the centre of town and this means that it is important it looks its very best at all times. The Brighter Uckfield group is pleased that its volunteers will be working closely with Southern Railway to ensure that the station’s appearance does the town proud.”

Donna Anderson, Southern’s station manager, added: “We have a number of station partnerships across the network and are really pleased that Brighter Uckfield have joined this group and adopted our station.

"The work they have done, along with the Rotary members, already is wonderful and we look forward to working further together with them in the future.”

Sharon Gray, SCRP’s community rail development officer who helped bring the team together, said: “Uckfield is such a lovely town and the work of the volunteers has really helped to further brighten the station and improve the experience for passengers.”

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