Colwich Railway Memorial garden was originally created by local resident and railwayman Alf Taylor. This was in memory of Eric Goode, who was the British Rail driver who lost his life in the Colwich train crash in September 1986. Replica nameplates of his loco ‘The City of Milton Keynes’ are a feature in the garden.
Alf tended the garden until his death is 1997. As the garden was on the railway side of the fence, it only received occasional maintenance from Railtrack and its successor Network Rail. The garden subsequently soon became overgrown.
Since 2006, The Colwich Memorial Garden has been maintained by members of the Haywoods Permanent Way, together with support from a few others. The team have recently spent a lot of time getting the garden ready for the summer. Another important reason to get the garden ‘spick and span’ was to help celebrate Edna Taylor’s recent 95th Birthday. We were delighted that Edna was able to visit the garden on her special day.
The garden now serves as a memorial to both Eric Goode and to Alf Taylor.