Schoolchildren plant up Castleton station ready for ‘In Bloom’

Date published: 18 June 2021

Children from Castleton Community Primary and St Edwards Church of England School planted up Castleton Railway Station on Thursday 10 June.

For the past decade, children from Castleton’s local schools have assisted Councillor Billy Sheerin and members of the Rochdale in Bloom group for the annual ‘plant up day’ at the station.

This year, due to issues caused by Covid-19 and school holidays, only two of the four local primary schools could participate in the community event.

Together with Roy Down, Chairman of the Rochdale in Bloom group, and Councillor Sheerin who started the annual event in 2010, Dawn Frost and Anne Marie Kent accompanied St Edwards children and headteacher of Castleton Community Primary School, Lindsay Torrance, was also in attendance.

Managing Director of Rochdale’s Crystal Doors, Richard Hagan, also showed support of the voluntary work – attending the plant up and becoming Rochdale in Bloom’s new ‘In Bloom Partner’.


Dawn Frost and Anne Marie Kent accompanied St Edward's pupils, pictured with Richard Hagan of Crystal Doors and Councillor Billy Sheerin
Dawn Frost and Anne Marie Kent accompanied St Edward's pupils, pictured with Richard Hagan of Crystal Doors (back left) and Councillor Billy Sheerin (right)


Councillor Sheerin said: “The station is now blooming with flowers again for the summer and delighting railway commuters.

“The first plant up at the station was in 2010 and since then, the blooms have been built up every year to make it a beautiful setting.

“With the help of the children, the station looks absolutely beautiful again, ready for another year ‘In Bloom’. All the children carried out super work.”

Judges from the North West in Bloom competition will visit the station on Thursday 5 August and the schoolchildren hope their efforts will result in the township winning a gold medal for the fourth time in a row.


Castleton Railway Station - Regional judging day for Rochdale In Bloom
Planters at Castleton Railway Station


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