Friends of Westhoughton Station

Who we are

Friends of Westhoughton Station was set up at the end of 2012 to re-develop and improve the station and its facilities. It's a long term project, and we aim to clear away the rubble, rubbish and weeds and plant flowers to brighten up the station. Local schools are getting involved and will be providing art work to be displayed. An area has been set aside to attract wildlife, and we have already put up some bird feeders and intend to have nesting boxes too.

We are always looking for volunteers to help, or donations of plants, bulbs, compost etc.


Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

Our logo - designed by Sienna from St. Bartholomew's CE Primary School, Westhoughton.
We are members of ACoRP - the Association of Community Rail Partnerships - and their website has lots of useful and interesting information:

Work dates

We meet every Sunday each month, usually at 10am and you can stay as long as you like. If you're new, please contact us first, so we can arrange to give you a safety briefing, give you a high viz vest, and let you know what you'll need to bring with you.
You can help us in a number of ways - we have people who love gardening and those who prefer to pick litter and tidy the station up - whatever your skills or preference you'll be warmly welcomed!

As long as at least 2 people are present, for safety reasons, ad-hoc work dates may be arranged at any time, see the posters on the station platforms.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

It all begins.....
Update June 2013
Click here to view a series of pictures charting our progress from December 2012 to March 2014....


We won a competition sponsored by the Co-operative Group - £200 and a number of staff for a day! We put them to good use, and they helped us to remove all the rubble and create a rockery on the Wigan side.
Click here to see progress from March to September 2014


Update Autumn 2014
We won some lottery funding in December 2014 which we will be using to hire skips and buy tools to enable us to have a big clean up - watch this space!
Click here to see progress to February 2015....


Our "Big Clean Up" on 3rd and 4th March 2015. Assisted by staff from Stateside and lottery funding.
Young adults from Bolton College Westhoughton Community Learning Centre visit Westhoughton Station to view the work undertaken by the Friends to create a garden feature - 21/5/15.
Stateside Foods donated funds and people to create a rose garden - here it is in all its glory.
Click here to see progress to July 2015....


We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) for an award in the best station garden/floral display category! Winners to be confirmed in October.... Fingers crossed!
Unfortunately we missed out, but were delighted to be nominated.
We won an award for improving the environment! Westhoughton Mayor, Lynda Winrow-Baker, presented the team with a certificate of achievement on Sunday 6th December 2015. A very proud moment that even the rain failed to dampen!
We also took the opportunity to present Norma Jones with some flowers - Norma won the competition to name our 2 stationmasters. Her winning suggestion was Westy and Lofty - come down and have a look at their new nameplates!. Also pictured (left) is Mike Lloyd, who made the stationmasters.
We recently won a civic award for improving the environment. Pictured is the mayor presenting the award to Steve Freeborn and Jim Orrell, who accepted the award on behalf of the group. 6/2/16
In early April, pupils from Westhoughton High School came for a visit and gave us a number of birdboxes - hopefully they'll be in use very soon!  You can read about it in their school magazine - just click on the photo.

Click here to see the latest for summer 2016....


Thanks to.....

Northern Rail, for providing hi viz vests, safety briefings, planters, poster frames, and letting us get on with it!

Bolton Council, for providing us with hi viz vests, litter pickers and arranging to collect our rubbish after work days.

Darby's Garden Centre, for donating numerous plants and shrubs and letting us have other items at a discount.

Railway Motors Clutch Centre, for allowing us to use ther water supply during the hot summer months.

Harold, from the Rotary club for donating numerous plants and shrubs.

Sonia Smith, for donating the entire contents of her front garden! And more recently, 2000 poppy seeds.

Steve and Suzanne Freeborn, for transporting said contents of front garden to the station!

Marian Hallam, for donating pebbles.

David and Val Chadwick, for donating a large number of daffodil bulbs.

Jim Orrel, for donating numerous plants, shrubs and bulbs.

Hardman and Cain, for donating a conifer and plants, providing wood, and for storing our railway sleepers until needed.

St John's Church, for donating miniature conifers.

Rebecca Jones, for donating bluebell bulbs.

Anne Battersby at the Pottery Studio, for donating the tiles with children's handprints, the pottery anmals, and for the mosaics with historical scenes of Westhoughton.

Joyce & Fred Seddon, for donating money for plants.

Sienna from St. Bartholomew's CE Primary School, for designing our logo.

Anonymous donor, for donating £150 for plants.

Mike Lloyd, for donating numerous shrubs and plants, and for makng the bird tables and insect boxes and the 2 station masters!

The staff of the Co-operative Food shop, Westhoughton for awarding us £200 and a number of people for a day, as we won a community competition. They helped us remove all the rubble and create a rockery on the Wigan side.

Ted Wisedale for donating £50.

Yvonne Woolley for donating £100.

Mr Latham for buying us 6 shrubs from Darby's.

A very generous anonymous donor who gave us £400!

Preva Crossley for donating £50.

Jim Leyland, who gave us £10 after we sent him a copy of the template we made for the rabbit!

Stateside Foods for donating funds for a rose garden and people for The Big Clean Up.

An anonymous donor who gave us £80 for plants.

Oaklands Nursery for their kind donation of four rhododendrons, two standard conifers and several other assorted plants.

Harold Daniels for a donation of dahlia tubers and other plants.

Danny Watson of Watson's Maintenance for a donation of 40 begonias.

And of course, all the volunteers who form Friends of Westoughton Station, for all their hard work!

Contact us...

We'd love to hear from you, use this form to get in touch!