Colleagues from London Midland, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and members of the local community have turned out in force at Malvern Link station for the final stage of an innovative woodland planting project.
Following the station’s adoption in March this year by Malvern Community Forest in partnership with Malvern Civic Society, volunteers have been working on improving the station’s extensive green areas.
The overall aim of the project is 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.
As part of this latest phase of the project, a variety of tree species have been planted to help the local community better appreciate their area’s woodland and fruit-growing heritage. The project also aims to encourage people to take an active role in enhancing their local station.
In addition to 25 hazel trees, 12 oak trees, 12 sweet chestnut trees and 12 birch trees donated by London Midland, 15 traditional apple varieties have been generously provided by the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. An individual black cherry tree has also been planted by station adopter Martin Tudge and his family in memory of his mother, who loved Malvern Link station.
Ken Timms, lead adopter and Chair of Malvern Community Forest, said: “In addition to its numerous wildlife benefits, this project has been extremely positive for the local community. As well as appreciating the beauty of the nature reserve, local people and rail passengers can learn about the history of the area’s woodlands, orchards and the many different habitats. Everyone involved should be hugely proud of their hard work which will benefit visitors to the station for years to come.”
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “London Midland is dedicated to creating ‘simply better journeys’ for rail passengers and this project will no doubt bring joy to everyone passing through the station. Thanks so much to everyone who donated trees or gave up their time to make Malvern Link a welcoming hub for both people and 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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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages 150 stations and operates 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
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).