Volunteer gardeners of Deal Station Garden are looking forward to their 4th summer season and an increase in support from Southeastern Railways.
The DealWithIt – Transition Deal volunteer group were inspired in 2012 by the number of Incredible Edible community gardens springing up in low carbon transition towns across Britain which aim to promote sustainable veg gardening. The partnership with Southeastern Railways started 3 years ago.
Dover Stations Manager, Lesley Stevens said, ‘SER are tremendously grateful to the volunteers for the hard work they put in – it is one thing to repaint the station but quite another to bring out its charm and the volunteers with their 9 big and 4 small planters really put Deal Station on the eco-tourism map. We are delighted to be able to replace the old, smelly lock-up the volunteers were using with a new dry, lock-up that will be appearing on platform 1 shortly.’
Ticket office manager Jay Capper said ‘It is a pleasure to have the volunteers around and passengers often like to make a contribution to help the volunteers with the costs of bedding plants, tools etc.’ The secretary of the volunteer group, Sarah Gleave said ‘we are looking for new volunteers, we have a real giggle when we get together at the station and work together – sometimes on the bee-friendly apple-tree plot and the meadow area – sometimes on the herb planters outside the station or the 7 decorative veg planters on the platforms.
We hope to be able to deliver produce to the Salvation Army again later in the season as we have in the past; and it has been nice to help Deal with its successful SE in Bloom entries in 2014 and 2015.
Life changes mean that our numbers have dwindled over the winter – SO WE NEED YOU ! Please drop in and join us for a chat about our work on Sun 10th April or Sun 17th April 11:30 – 12:30. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org