The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge passenger railway which operates through some of the most attractive Sussex country side. Heavily dependant on a volunteer workforce who are drawn from all walks of life and give large amounts of their free time to restore and run the railway. The importance of volunteer labour was recognised this week with the Bluebell Railway being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
This year the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company donated a large quantity of growing media to assist with the preparations for the railways 50th Anniversary, being celebrated this August
The 50th Anniversary appeal was launched to help re-open the original Railway line to East Grinstead which was closed by British Rail. This included removing the municipal waste, which was dumped along the cutting in the late 60s/early 70s, and returning the area back to its forma glory.
In a letter from Roy Watts (Chairman Bluebell Railway Preservation Society) he said, “On behalf of the Bluebell Railway, I am writing to thank you and your company for your extremely generous donation of growing media. It has been so gratefully received especially as the whole purpose adheres to one of our principles of reducing waste and recycling.”
“I can tell you that we have already begun using the growing media in many areas such as our picnic fields, station gardens and in particular it is now helping restore the line side and station area at our newly built station in East Grinstead.”