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West Croydon station: fast-track the feelgood factor…

West Croydon station: fast-track the feelgood factor…
Nov 01, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by The Croydon Citizen on 31/10/2017.

West Croydon station: fast-track the feelgood factor…

…with this green-fingered community garden initiative.

If you’ve passed through West Croydon train station recently, you may have noticed some changes on the platforms. Friends of West Croydon Station Energy Garden – a group of local volunteers – is working with Croydon Transition Town, Broad Green Residents Association and other community organisations, to bring an energy garden to Croydon.

Communities across London are transforming overground stations into energy gardens that combine flowers and edible plants with renewable energy. The scheme also provides paid internships for young people and a programme of workshops for local schools.

So far at West Croydon we have installed large planters on both platforms, created two insect hotels and planted a living wall. Insect hotels offer refuge and shelter to a variety of beneficial insects. Living walls improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and help to keep their surroundings cooler in summer. And plants and flowers… well, we think they’re pretty! Also in the pipeline are plans for a rain-harvesting system to make watering easier and climbing plants to trail up the fence on platform 4.

But we want more! We want beautiful crocuses from Croydon Saffron Central. We want to showcase the industrial history of the station and the surrounding area. And we want to spread outside the station confines into London Road and the new bus station, and along the parade of shops in Station Road so that everyone can benefit – not just commuters.

It’s going to be fun and exciting, but we need YOU!

You could join the rota of volunteers that ensure the plants are kept watered and healthy. Or be one of the team of commuters who keep an eye on the plants as they pass through the station and report any problems to us. But, most of all, we need your ideas and feedback and enthusiasm. If this is a project that you would like to see happen, we need you to get involved.

You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter or send us an email at wcenergygarden@gmail.com. Don’t be shy, we’re a friendly, welcoming bunch!

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