CIF Round One – Information Station, U-Turn & Waiting Area, Friends of Montalbo School

This project was the final phase of the Montalbo Community & School Train Garden. The project had been going for just over a year and has seen a completely overgrown unused garden space be turned into a fantastic heritage learning area for the school and community.  The garden will be used by the school and community as an outside, additional learning space for extra-curricular activities. A group of children from Montalbo Nursery and Primary School interviewed local residents to find out about their experiences working at and travelling on the Barnard Castle railways. John Atkinson, who worked at Radio Teesdale, recorded the interviews and they have been installed on the U-turn device allowing the school community to listen to them. This has been a great addition to the Railway Heritage Garden.

Abi Smith, Member of FOMS (Friends Of Montalbo School) says “A big thank you to Northern Heartlands for supporting this project with a grant. This has been a fantastic addition to the garden and it is wonderful to see the children, grandparents, carers and members of the community enjoying using the U-turn. A wonderful project that has brought both the residents and the children together to talk about the railway heritage of Barnard Castle.”

Click below to listen to some of the interviews conducted by the children of Montalbo Nursery and Primary School.  These are just two of the recordings that can be heard on the Uturn itself in the school garden.

Mr & Mrs B Sparrow

Mr R McColl