Sat. Oct 16th, 2021

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Green grant for gateway

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Volunteers from Shanklin Green Towns, led by Tina Homden, are celebrating a grant from the South Western Railways Station Adoption Fund to help buy plants for projects around Shanklin Railway Station.

The new displays will provide a welcoming sight for visitors to and residents of Shanklin. Deputy town mayor, Sue Godden, said: “We’re continuing to invest in hanging baskets, flower troughs and other projects around the town, and the planters and special platform at the station are a credit to all of the volunteers involved.”
Green Town volunteer, Esther Knight, added: “The station has been a project for many years, with a number of initiatives, including a mural, a seaside-themed platform, and projects with local schools. This latest grant will help fund extra plants and shrubs.”

In previous years, Shanklin has achieved national recognition in South East England in Bloom, and other coastal awards, including the Seaside Award which Esther recently collected with her husband, Shanklin’s former mayor, Steve Knight.

Town councillor, Denyse Larner, explained: “We know how important tourism is to the town and local businesses. By working together we can bring some colour into the town ahead of the summer season.”