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.
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.
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.