Friends of Millom Station – Millom Station Land and Neighbourhood Environmental Improvement Plan

Friends of Millom Station formed in May 2009 and are committed, skilled, experienced and hardworking volunteers whose purpose is to promote and develop environmental improvements in the public space which is clean, sustainable and accessible with benefit to the wider community.

The aim of the project was to introduce well designed landscape and public art with the objective of enhancing community pride thereby improving both resident and visitor experience that strengthen the capacity of the community with the local schools and local heritage community involvement.

Dorothy Williams, project lead and secretary of FoMS said “This was a major project for our group, as in previous years we had just plodded along with small donations and grants to help us with materials and equipment. We were encouraged to look at the bigger picture with the aim at turning a dream into a reality – and ensure we had the equipment for the longer term. The artwork along Millom Station is just marvellous and schoolchildren are incredibly proud of their efforts. They were not only included in the creation of the mural but in the planting.”

Dorothy added ‘the feedback has been very encouraging and we continue to maintain all that we sought to achieve at the station. Our presence at the station, tidying, weeding, painting and planting must encourage the locals because we receive so many appreciative comments.”

Letter received by Northern Rail ‘’the transformation of the surrounding by the volunteers who have been working on the grounds is remarkable. The platforms have been vibrant with colour all spring and summer. The mural of students work highlighting places of interest the town, is an exceptionally individual feature.’

Other funding was secured from: NW Evening Mail, CGP Millom, CCC Neighbourhood Forum and Cumbria Waste Management.


Outputs

  • 0.5 hectares of open space improved
  • Improved cultural facility

Outcomes

  • Visitors attracted to Copeland
  • Local people assisted in their skills development.