London Midland and Network Rail colleagues from the West Midlands have turned out in numbers to give Malvern Link station adopters a hand with making the station ready for an ambitious woodland planting project.
The station was adopted in March this year by Malvern Community Forest in partnership with Malvern Civic Society. The new adopters, who have joined London Midland’s Adopt a Station scheme, have been clearing the extensive green areas at the station over recent months in readiness for new planting. Their project will serve to create a mini nature reserve at the station, with woodland, hedgerow, pollinator and fruit tree areas to help sustain a variety of wildlife including bumble bees and birds.
The focus of the project is Platform 2, both the area along the platform, which the adopters have now cleared and sown with wildflower seeds, and the extensive area adjacent to Platform 2’s access path.
During the summer, London Midland and Network Rail colleagues turned up to back the adopters at two major community working sessions. This latest working party is the final push to ensure the new garden is ready for the final tree planting. This will take place on 1 December, with beech and yew trees, saplings and whips of indigenous tree species like ash, birch, hazel and oak, forming a sustainable woodland habitat for wildlife.
Ken Timms, lead adopter and Chair of Malvern Community Forest, said: “It has been really exciting to see this project start to come to life; the hard work is now paying off. Thanks to the help of many colleagues from across the railway, we will soon be ready to get the trees in, some of which have been kindly donated by the local community, including Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project. Our objective is to provide something new for passengers, the community and of course wildlife, plus a resource with lots of potential for learning about the different habitats.”
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “The adopters have worked tremendously hard and should be proud of what they have achieved. We have had great support from Network Rail and our own colleagues at London Midland, who have turned out in numbers to lend a helping hand; it is a great example of what can be achieved through working in partnership.
“As well as helping local people to show their pride for their community, our Adopt a Station scheme also empowers people to share their skills; so many thanks to Malvern Community Forest for sharing their expertise to create this new ecosystem at Malvern Link and support some very important wildlife.”
You can find out more about Malvern Community Forest, Malvern Link station adoption project and how to get involved as an adopter with the team at www.malverncommunityforest.org.uk
More information about Adopt a Station can be found at www.londonmidland.com/adoptastation
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London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and five Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.
In 2017 London Midland was also awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014. Achievements for working with communities recognised with an International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award (2017), an HR Excellence award for Best CSR Strategy (2017) and five national Community Rail awards (2017).