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First Train in Hay for 55 years

The first train in Hay on Wye for 55 years, a floral planter created in a joint venture between Hay in Bloom and the Hay Community Woodland Group has been shortlisted in a National Competition.

A wooden planter replica of an Old Great Western Railway steam engine in Hay-on-Wye has been shortlisted for a national gardening competition, Cultivation Street; Colour Your Life. Created by local group, Hay in Bloom, the train is the first in the town for 55 years. Filled with colourful geraniums, the planter is now symbolically located at the start of the Old Railway Line footpath in Hay. 

Hay in Bloom is a group of local volunteers, councillors and businesses working to make Hay-on-Wye the town of books AND blooms. The Cultivation Street competition entry ties in with work carried out by volunteers from Hay Community Woodland Group (HCWG) who maintain the footpath along the Old Railway Line. Volunteers Peter Bloodworth and Alan Powell used their carpentry skills to make the train with wood donated by Huws Gray Hay on Wye. Hay in Bloom, ‘bloomers’ then worked with Peter and Alan to paint, plant and install the train. The results of the competition will be announced  in September with the prize being £500 and 100 Calliope Geraniums. All of which would be used to continue to make Hay bloom.

 Cllr Trudy Stedman, Mayor of Hay and a member of Hay in Bloom said, “What a fantastic project to be involved with. As Hay in Bloom is only just starting, we wanted to begin with a real wow factor and to inspire other people to get involved. This iconic structure is just the start of what we want to achieve in Hay. Special thanks to Peter and Alan for their dedication and hard work on a purely voluntary basis to create such a wonderful train planter, as well as to Huws Gray for kindly supplying the wood. The train will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come. 

To find out more or get involved with Hay in Bloom follow @hayinbloom on Facebook or e-mail Nick Burdekin at haytownclerk@hotmail.co.uk.

Published on Wednesday 8th August 2018 by Trudy