A small patch of land near the signal box has been transformed from a sloping bed of litter, brambles and ivy to a bee friendly garden. New fences were built. Weeds were removed and the lower ground filled with hardcore, then covered with weed barrier and bark chippings. First to be installed were the two huge trough planters built and planted up by members of the Bee Friendly Trust from London. Next came a tool store and an intermediate bulk container (IBC) for much needed water for the plants in the platform baskets. Finally, we took delivery of six half whisky barrels which the volunteers planted with heathers and other bee friendly, drought tolerant species. We are trying to provide all year-round pollen and nectar for the pollinators.
We gratefully acknowledge funding from: The Bee Friendly Trust, Community Rail Network, East Midlands Railway and Goodlife Pharmacy.