All Aboarders was pleased to share in a Special Award shortlisting for Industrial/Commercial Area, a City Category Award (silver) and an Urban Category Award (gold), all of which went to Welwyn Garden City Town Centre. The judges made a point of commending the work of All Aboarders volunteers in helping to brighten up WGC train station.
All Aboarders’ chair, Lynda Cowan, commented after the awards ceremony:
“What we have achieved in 18 months with volunteer effort and income of less than £1500 – in the form of small donations and grants (none from WHBC) – is truly remarkable”.
This echoes a recent Community Rail report on the All Aboarders project, which said:
“This is a fairly rare example of a group working on a very busy station close to London and what has been achieved is all the more remarkable as they have only been active here since spring 2018. There is potential for further work and the group is well aware of the need to plan ahead for at least a decade to ensure continuity and sustainability.”
Thanks to the continuing support of our sponsors, the station planting is still looking splendid despite the arrival of autumn and the continuing drought. In the short term we are planning our autumn/winter planting, and we are indeed starting to plan ahead.
In all, Welwyn Hatfield took home three ‘Special Awards’ after the judges shortlisted 10 local initiatives against hundreds of entrants from across the region, and then went on to claim two bronze, three silver and two golds in the ‘Category Awards’. One of the golds was for Sherrardspark Woods which also won a best in the region accolade for a Large Woodland. All Aboarders congratulates the Sherrardspark Wood Warden volunteers.