Commuters using Thetford Station can now more easily appreciate its historic value and surrounding beauty.
An interpretation panel featuring tales of its royal visits and well preserved Victorian architecture was unveiled on ‘platform 1’ on Thursday by Alan Trett, of station operator Greater Anglia.
The panel, researched by volunteers and funded by the Breckland Society, also includes a Brecks-inspired painting of local wildlife species produced by Thetford artist Steve Mead.
Its installation followed a two-year transformation by Fiona Rhind and the Friends of Thetford Station which has also seen the display of photographs celebrating the station’s history and the planting of wildflower beds which have already attracted butterflies such as the Orange-tip, Comma and Brimstone, as well as bees and other insects.
It is further hoped the station’s nest boxes and feeders – funded using a community grant from Brecks landscape partnership scheme Breaking New Ground (BNG), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund – will encourage more swifts and sparrows, two bird species currently in decline.
James Reeve, area customer service manager for Greater Anglia, said the interpretation panel ‘looks magnificent’ and ‘enhances and celebrates the character of the station’.
James Parry, chairman of the Breckland Society, said they were delighted to ‘help raise awareness of the important history and wildlife value of the station and its setting’.
Nick Dickson, project manager for BNG, said: “It was obvious from speaking with the Friends of Thetford Station how passionate they are about their local area and increasing biodiversity. Celebrating the vernacular architecture of the station buildings, which are made from local flint, was a fantastic added bonus.”