Mobberley station has benefitted from gardening care since 2003, when a deal was struck. The then train company, First North Western, would hire a skip and bring in labour for ½ a day to dig over what had been flower beds 30 years earlier, and remove all sorts of débris including ballast, a railway sleeper, many track clips, lots of lumps of concrete and much more.
Volunteers from Mobberley Village Society would then move in, rescue any rescuable plants (a few trees and bushes) and replant the rest of the area. The Village Society also acquired 2 planters from the old Ilford’s site and positioned these in the car park area either side of the noticeboards.
Then, at last, they could work towards getting a local station as good as Plumley!
And “piggy in the middle” was David Longdon, who owns the old station buildings at both Mobberley and Plumley. David has been good to both, clearing and cutting the hedges at Mobberley outside of his area, and recently with the donation of a railway seat at Plumley.
That was 7 years ago.
Since then volunteers tend the gardens on an occasional basis, liaising with our Community Rail Officer, Sally Buttifant, and David still cuts the hedge.
And …. the station has subsequently won a number of Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards!
Here’s some pictures of them in action a few years ago.
Mobberley Village Society was founded in 1973.
If you live in Mobberley and aren’t a member yet, contact any of the committee members. I joined!