Staff and volunteers brighten up Royston station with floral displays

PUBLISHED: 12:47 02 September 2019

Govia Thameslink Railway's Alex Hambleton (right) and volunteer Joan Meakin (left) paint one of the planters at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway's Alex Hambleton (right) and volunteer Joan Meakin (left) paint one of the planters at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

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New floral displays have brightened up Royston station thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Govia Thameslink Railway staff.

Govia Thameslink Railway staff painted planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway staff painted planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Members of the public joined forces with GTR colleagues to paint 11 planters, fill them with 3,000 litres of compost and plant more than 100 locally-sourced shrubs and flowers - including cistus, vincas, heucheras and nandinas.

Following the success of a sensory garden at St Neots station, thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage were also planted at Royston.

Govia Thameslink Railway staff painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway staff painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Retired teacher Joan Meakin, who lives in the town, was among the volunteers to get involved in the station's gardening day. 
Joan said: "I think it's a great idea to enhance the station environment. It's fun to get involved and meet the staff here."

As part of the gardening project, GTR staff hope to boost the local insect population by sowing more wildflower seeds along the embankment on platform 2 and installing two bug hotels, along with two bird boxes in the trees. 
Nearly 4,000 litres of bark has also been laid on the embarkment on platform 1 to improve the look of the area.

New shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayNew shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Station manager Shaun Smith said: "It's a great scheme and it's good to work with the prison. I think they have done a great job on the planters and they have given back to the community. It helps with their rehabilitation and if they live near stations, when they're released they will be able to see their hard work on display."

Royston garden scheme project leader Debbie Harknett, who works in admin support, said: "The new planters and bark have helped transform the station. We hope to have given the insect population a boost by sowing more wildflower seeds as well."

Govia Thameslink Railway staff fitted bird boxes and bug hotels to trees on the embankment at Royston station.Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway staff fitted bird boxes and bug hotels to trees on the embankment at Royston station.Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

It is hoped that now the planters are in place, members of the local community will adopt them and look after them, alongside the station team.

Other stations to be brightened up with floral displays in recent weeks include Huntingdon, Stevenage, Downham Market, St Neots and Welwyn Garden City. In the coming months, planters will also be installed at Hatfield and Potters Bar.

Govia Thameslink Railway staff and community volunteers painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway staff and community volunteers painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

If you would like to look after the floral displays at Royston station, pop along and speak to station staff.

Govia Thameslink Railway staff painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway Govia Thameslink Railway staff painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway staff painted planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway staff painted planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

New shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayNew shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway staff and community volunteers painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway staff and community volunteers painted and filled planters with shrubs and flowers at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway's Alex Hambleton (right) and volunteer Joan Meakin (left) paint one of the planters at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink RailwayGovia Thameslink Railway's Alex Hambleton (right) and volunteer Joan Meakin (left) paint one of the planters at Royston station. Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway

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