MP planting bee friendly flowers at station

High Peak's MP made a beeline for Buxton after hearing that its station was 'buzzing'.

The station's friends' group has again been shortlisted for three national awards - for which Glossop station's friends is also listed.

Robert Largan (pictured) went to congratulate them and was soon planting some bee friendly flowers.

The shortlisting announcement coincided with a visit to view ‘Buzzing Stations’, the friends’ latest project.

Buxton’s listing is for:

• Involving Young People: For a project called the Mini-Saga Challenge, which sought happy and uplifting 50-word stories from home-schooling Buxton pupils during the early days of COVID-19 lockdown.

• A project costing less than £500: For the group’s collaboration with Buxton Lions and local weather forecaster, Michael Hilton to restore a vandalised memorial bench seat dedicated to Winifred Pilkington, borough meteorologist for 40 years. The renovated bench seat sits next to Buxton Weather Station.

• It’s Your Station: For the maintenance of the innovative Japanese Garden in an area under the historic fanlight window previously covered in 10m tall self-setting trees and the group’s extensive community development work.

The MP said: “Congratulations to FoBS and the Glossop Friends on the shortlisting and the fantastic ‘Buzzing Stations’ partnership project.  

“I feel privileged to take a small part in this, taking up the invitation to plant something in support of our endangered High Peak Bilberry bumblebees.”

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