New floral displays have brightened up Royston station thanks to the efforts of residents and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) staff.
GTR colleagues and members of the public joined forces 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.
Wooden planters were all constructed by inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, The Mount, based at Hemel Hempstead, as part of an ongoing community programme with GTR.
Following the success of a sensory garden at St Neots station, thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage were also planted at Royston.
As part of the gardening project, GTR colleagues 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.
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.