Thursday 17 May 2018
Network Rail volunteers attend official opening of forest school in Oldbury
- London North Western
Two lucky pupils and their families are on their way to RAF Cosford Air Show after winning an art competition organised by Network Rail.
Volunteers from Network Rail have been working with The Meadows School in Oldbury, to transform the school’s memorial garden and provide easier access to their forest school.
The special school, in Dudley Road East, contacted Network Rail to ask for donations of railway sleepers to use in their memorial garden, where young people and parents remember those who have sadly passed away.
The volunteer team from Network Rail, headed up by Allun Edge, infrastructure maintenance protection coordinator, created a memorial wall in the garden and also built wheelchair accessible ramps to their new forest school.
The team returned to The Meadows yesterday (Wednesday 16 May) to judge the art competition and be a part of the official opening of the forest school, led by the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Susan Eaves.
Faced with some brilliant competition, Allun and his team finally decided that Joshua and Bradley’s winning artwork will take pride of place in the local Network Rail depot. They will be off to the air show next month with transport provided by West Midlands Trains.
Allun from Network Rail commented: “It’s been a real pleasure to return to The Meadows, see all the pupils again and judge some fantastic pieces of art. We’re really pleased we’ve been able to help make the memorial garden and forest school a special place for them to enjoy.”
Joanna Cliffe, Headteacher at The Meadows School said: "Our staff and students are very excited about the new ramp. It means all the children can now access our lovely new forest school.
"We are very lucky to have such a great relationship with the Network Rail volunteers and we look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.”
Network Rail employees are entitled to five days’ volunteer leave every year to help UK registered charities or community projects.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.6 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.