Malvern Link station boosts its eco-friendly credentials with the creation of a mini-nature reserve, following the station’s formal adoption by the local community.
This London Midland Adopt a Station project is being led by Malvern Community Forest in partnership with Malvern Civic Society to create a sustainable, eco-friendly station at Malvern Link.
The work by the new station adoption team will focus on two main areas at the station. The area leading to platform two will be transformed into a diverse working woodland habitat. Existing plant schemes will be supplemented with saplings and whips of indigenous tree species suitable for coppicing. A pollinator bed with shrubs and early flowering plants will be planted to sustain bumblebees and other pollinators through the winter, plus a fruit tree area to reflect local orchard history. Three wildflower plots will be located along platform two and maintained as part of the pollinator reserve, being cut once a year to maintain self-seeding. During 2018, the adopters will also plant a traditional hazel fence alongside of these plots.
Following the presentation of a special station adoption plaque by London Midland, Steve Fisher, London Midland’s head of regional services, said: “We already have an excellent working partnership with Malvern Civic Society, which campaigned for and supported improvements to Malvern Link station. It is inspiring to now see how the community support has extended and Malvern Community Forest have joined forces to adopt their local station.
“We want communities to feel a sense of ownership and pride in their local station, which in essence is the shop-window for their local area. The support of the new adoption team is making it possible for Malvern Link station to become a destination in its own right, as well as a great resource for essential wildlife.”
Ken Timms, chair of Malvern Community Forest and lead adopter said, “This new partnership with London Midland will be hugely beneficial for Malvern Link station. The project will provide something new for passengers, the local community and of course wildlife, plus the potential for learning about different habitats.”
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland said, “This is a really inspiring and sustainable project and a great example of what can be achieved through working in partnership. As well as helping local groups to show their pride for their community, our Adopt a Station scheme also empowers people to share important knowledge and skills.”
Find out more about Malvern Community Forest and the Malvern Link station adoption project at www.malverncommunityforest.org.uk