It’s been a very long winter but at last spring has arrived at Lidlington Station. Our tubs on the platforms and the troughs hanging on the fences are looking lovely. Winter pansies and daffodils have burst into life and have made the station look colourful and cheerful.
Over the winter we were delighted to hear we had been successful in obtaining a grant for us to enhance the rear of the platforms with items which would attract wildlife to the station. One sunny Saturday morning saw a working party working behind the platforms, planting evergreen shrubs, putting up bat boxes, bird boxes, and siting hedgehog boxes in the hedgehow. This project has been funded by the Designated Community Rail Development Fund – a partnership of Department for Transport, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP)
The usual litter pick took place at the same time and we left the station looking great. The grant also paid for guttering to be purchased for the edges of the shelter rooves to collect rainwater in butts for us to water the platform tubs during dry weather. We are grateful to London Midland for installing the guttering for us and we are pleased to announce that we have installed the new water butts on both platforms. Watering will be much easier this year. Thanks to The Designated Community Rail Development Fund and also MVCRP for helping us achieve our grant.