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CSTG - Railway Station Gardens

Progress Report for May 2007,
together with up to date photographs, now included.

Church Stretton is lucky to have its own mainline station, providing valuable links north, south and into the Welsh heartland. But, like many small, rural stations, upkeep and maintenance is frequently costly and difficult to achieve. However, the Church Stretton Area Tourism Group has succeeded in persuading Arriva Trians to operate its 'Adopt a Station' scheme in Church Stretton, and the station now benefits from regular attention, in the form of a band of gardening volunteers.

Once a fortnight, this hardy crew spend a few hours attending to the station grounds - weeding, strimming and planting.

PROGRESS ON THE CHURCH STRETTON RAILWAY GARDENS - MARCH 2007

A very sincere ‘thank you’ to the many residents who have so kindly donated plants, bulbs and shrubs to our project, and to the hundreds of passers-by who have stopped to chat and encourage us in our work.

The eighteen volunteer gardeners have now come to the end of a major project at the Station. Paul (Station Adoptee) & Lesley Godwin,  Jan Lewis ( Project Organiser),  John (grant chaser) and Eileen Woolmer, Reg & Eileen Roberts, Pat Hanbury, Bill & Joan Watts, Sue Conant, Martin and Carol Garland, Barbara & Trevor Halsey, Sally Walton, David Edwards and Paul & Francis Eade have, between them, put in over 200 hours of hard work this year alone and have transformed the whole appearance of the station: their herculean feats are about to be rewarded by the AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund award which ends on 31st March 2007, followed by their award.

The gardeners have been instrumental in creating four sizeable new beds; planting over two thousand daffodils; digging in some 16 tonnes of manure and another sixteen tons of topsoil; erecting compost heaps and screening, establishing  water containers; planting hundreds of shrubs and perennials; creating a rockery; planting up seven  oak barrel planters, as well as helping to keep the station neat and tidy – including painting furniture and fittings.

We have been most fortunate in obtaining the help of two residents who live nearby, Reverend Ward Davies and Maureen Burt, who have generously allowed us to use water from their taps in periods of drought; David Edwards has provided us with loads of topsoil and bark mulch; Arriva Trains have given us free use of a railway hut - and have also provided us with new benches, rubbish skips, bins and signage and Alan and Charles, the cleaners who tidy the station at regular intervals.

Little of our work would have been possible without the generous support of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, also B&Q,  the Church Stretton Area Partnership, Stuart Wright,  and very recently, Aquagas, Polymer Laboratories Ltd,  also small but welcome  donations from the Railway Users Association and the town’s four estate agents.

In 2008 volunteers have covered the beds with bark mulch to act as a weed suppressant and water retainer, planted more trees and shrubs by Crossways, laid membrane and gravels by platform edges, installed new litter bins and painted the footbridge.

Some of the recent changes to the Railway Gardens and Parking Areas

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Parking area - as it was originally, without kerbing or bay markings of any kind.

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And now, with new kerbs, bay markings and bay for disabled people

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Gardens in May 2007 - Showing just some of the 2,000 bulbs & new planting.