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Alan Titchmarsh visits Northern station to judge school cultivation competition


Alan Titchmarsh was the judge when five primary schools assembled their own ground forces to see which had the most green-fingered gardeners at a Northern station.

The competition took place at Ikley, and had been organised by its station adoption group and supported by Halifax Station Partnership.

Pupils were asked to use flower power to creating a top-tier planter that would dazzle passers by with a stunning floral flourish of colours.

But when the gardening gloves were off and the dust settled, there could be only on winner: Ashland primary school.

Northern sowed the seeds for the contest by donating the money for materials and plants to each group.

Tony Baxter, regional director at Northern said: “We are delighted to be a part of this event and well done to everyone involved, all the planters look fantastic.

“Our community partners are the heartbeat of the railway and we’re extremely proud to work closely with them to deliver such a wide-ranging positive impact for the north of England.” 

“Our work within the community is part of our wider programme of improvements at many of our stations – including improved accessibility, car park refurbishments and improved CCTV – to encourage all our customers to ‘go do their thing’ and explore the north.

Stephen Thornton from Friends of Ilkley Station said: “We would like to thank Alan Titchmarsh for ‘getting on board’ with their future vision for Ilkley rail station. 

“A recent event saw Ilkley-born Alan Titchmarsh attend the station and judge a local school planting competition, with planters provided by Northern.

“A big thank you to everyone who made the day a great success, a special thanks to Alan for engaging with the project.”


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