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ABBEY LINE: New garden at Garston train station aims to ‘sow the seeds of change’

 Published on: 7th June 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Garston station is soon to be transformed with a new wildlife-friendly garden, thanks to the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership (ALCRP).

Ground clearance is now underway at the patch of derelict land behind the station platform.

ALCRP officer Katie Swindells spoke about the aims of the new project.

She said: “We’re going to brighten up the station, promote biodiversity, and provide a vibrant new place for residents and community groups to enjoy time in nature.

“We’re already reaching out to local allotment societies, the residents’ association, Scout groups and other organisations. This is all about community partnership. Let’s sow the seeds of change together!”

Meriden Tudor councillor Stephen Cavinder, who serves on ALCRP’s steering group, has welcomed the initiative.

He said: “This is a win-win for everyone, I will be looping in as many local groups as possible to make sure that the design is something they feel ownership of and then remain involved in its maintenance and further development.”

Sandy Walkington, chair of ALCRP, spoke about the importance of the new initiative.

She said: “The Abbey Line from Watford to St Albans is the sleeping beauty of local transport links. Many local people do not even know it exists. Our aim is to promote the line to new users through projects such as this, but also to encourage a wider community interest in sustainability in its widest sense. This project ticks all the boxes.”

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