Spring is here despite the virus and we hope that people will enjoy seeing the apple blossom in the car park orchard and look out for the flowers on the platform!
Bare Lane Station Adopters
The Lancaster & District Conservation Volunteers have acted as the Northern Station Adopters at Bare Lane since October 2013. The Station Adoption Fund has been strongly instrumental in our success, although we have also attracted private funding and grants from a range of local organisations and individuals. YOU can still get in touch to sponsor a tub or planter! Nevertheless, we have created an attractive, welcoming and informative station environment, with platform tubs, planters and beds supporting many shrubs and flowers that enhance the quality of wildlife habitats and the visual appearance of the station and its environs.
There is a strong local heritage dimension to complement that of the natural environment, with quality poster boards and information about the station, its staff and history back to when it was opened in 1864. Great Wood School now has its own planter for vegetable seeds, sown and raised by the children in school and then planted out at the station for passengers to pick and enjoy when ready. There has been significant enhancement and rejuvenation and the station looks cared for and wanted, although there is still a lot to do, both in terms of daily management and bringing back parts of the station that have been neglected by successive private train operators. The station adopters must continually push forward their plans by constantly working closely with both Northern and Network Rail to achieve things on the ground for all to see.
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"A NICE TOUCH AT BARE LANE STATION"
We had a mention in the October 2018 issue of the Steam World magazine, with a picture of one of our Station Posters: "David Alexander of Northern Station Adopters contacted us to show something the group at Bare Lane station have done to mark 50 years since the end of British Railway steam. With help from Ron Herbert and Ivan Payne at Sid Designs, they produced an informative poster to commemorate the event (including a picture of a young Ron Herbert). It's a lovely effort and shows how volunteers can make a real difference at their local stations."
(from December 2018 Newsletter of Lancaster and Skipton Rail User Group)
"Anyone who uses Bare Lane station today cannot fail to be impressed by how attractive and welcoming it looks. We have noted before how it has benefited from the regular and devoted attention of Lancaster and District Conservation Volunteers, but recently the group has been exceptionally active in making the station the sort of place rail passengers will enjoy using.
"There are lovely well maintained flower tubs and large planters. There are cases with posters telling the story of the station, of its recently lost signal box, of its adoption by the volunteers and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of steam on our railways. And, as if to further remind us of that heritage, the group has set up a facsimile of the large running-in board with BARE LANE in large capitals on the down platform as you enter the station from Lancaster. The group has established links with local schools and businesses and with Morecambe Town Council.
"The aim of the Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership working with Northern and Network Rail is to have active and enthusiastic station adopters groups like this at Bare Lane all along the Bentham Line. Our thanks to the volunteers for their unstinting efforts to create a station their community will be proud to use."