Station gardens get spruced up

Volunteers get busy at Royston station

Volunteers get busy at Royston station - Credit: Archant

Station gardens in Crow country are getting kitted out for the winter with a host of new plants.

The new sign at Royston station

The new sign at Royston station - Credit: Archant

The second phase of improving planting at Royston rail station was carried out on Saturday.

Members of the Royston in Bloom committee, volunteers and station staff helped rejuvenate an area of the station with planting and the laying of sedum matting purchased from Sedum Blankets.

A new board has also been installed after the original one needed to be replaced as it depicted Royston 2012: A Year of Celebrations.

Royston in Bloom committee chairman Les Baker said: “The work has transformed one of the banks at the station into a more attractive area.

“We had to do the work as the previous signage was out of date and the site was beginning to look rather tired. The new planting and laying of the matting is a great improvement.”

Both the new signage board and the cost of providing the sedum matting were sponsored by First Capital Connect.

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The plants used were cotoneasters at the top of the bank and bush lavenders at the base.

Mr Baker added: “Without the valuable help of First Capital Connect we would have been unable to do the work for some time.”

In South Cambridgeshire, station garden volunteers will be tackling the tubs at Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth Stations this month, to turn things around for the winter.

Cllr Susan van de Ven, who chairs the Foxton, Meldreth and Shepreth rail user group, said: “We try as much as possible to rely upon donations of any spare items that people and shops might be ready to share.

“For the winter, we’re looking especially for pansies and bulbs, and also any remnants of bags of compost. We can also use any split perennials to put into the side gardens at Meldreth, which are maintained in conjunction with Meldreth Primary School.

“Our gardening teams are an ever changing mix of people, and if you would like to come along to any of our sessions, please do – all you need to bring is a pair of gardening gloves.”

Planting will take place at Meldreth station, from 9.30am-12.30pm, and at Foxton and Shepreth on October 19. Volunteers will be at Foxton from 11am-noon, and Shepreth from 4pm-5pm. Anyone is welcome to turn up on the day and lend a hand.

Anyone who would like a donation can contact Cllr van de Ven on 01763 261833.