A group of volunteers from the Women’s Institute of Bodorgan are celebrating one year since they adopted their local train station for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the village on Angelsey.
The six volunteers have planted floral displays and improved Bodorgan train station gardens to brighten up the appearance of the platform and transform the train station. They have also painted tubs and containers to bring a splash of colour to the station platform.
The new and improved appearance of the station has received fantastic feedback from local residents and visitors to the popular holiday cottage destination.
As the previous home to the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Bodorgan is a small area that is particularly popular with tourists every year, and it also saw an increased footfall during this year’s Eisteddfod which was held on the island.
The voluntary group at Bodorgan are one of many groups who look after local stations across Arriva Trains Wales’ network. This is part of Arriva’s ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme launched in 2004, where members of the public volunteer to take on and maintain unstaffed railway stations in their area.
Over 130 Arriva Trains Wales stations have so far been adopted by community-spirited volunteers across Wales, who receive an annual issue of rail travel vouchers.
‘Adopt a Station’ aims to improve links between Arriva, local communities and customers living near 190 unstaffed stations across the railway operator’s network. Station adopters also provide feedback on the any litter or vandalism so that any issues can be addressed.
Kathleen Beard, Treasurer of the Bodorgan Women’s Institute and one of the station volunteers, said: “We adopted the station because we thought it would be a really fulfilling activity for our group. So far, we’ve painted plant containers along Bodorgan station, including a wheelbarrow, tub, butter churn and metal chest in an effort to brighten up the appearance of the station. The plants used to fill the containers were carefully chosen to attract more flying insects and wildlife to the station, as well as adding some much needed colour to the area.,
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme so far and hope to continue the good work that brings so much joy to those passing through the station. Eventually, we are hoping to include a mosaic plaque within the station, celebrating the work that we are doing as part of Arriva’s network.”
Arriva’s Community Relations Manager, Geraint Morgan, said: “Arriva serves the local communities, so it’s important for us to make as many connections as possible so we can help travelling by train a more positive experience for our travellers. Station adopters are really important to us because they willingly help the stations that have less or no staff and bring positivity to the travellers that use the network with the good work that they do. The station adopters at Bodorgan are a great example of volunteers who’ve worked hard and lovingly cared for the station and it’s made such a difference.
“In the last year, the volunteers at Bodorgan have not only made the station much more visibly appealing, but have also positively impact the environment by choosing plants that attract wildlife. It’s a really vital job and we are very grateful to all the volunteers across our network who make the charitable effort on behalf of their local community to help keep their stations at their best.”