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Floral displays 'brighten up' Harpenden Station

PUBLISHED: 17:48 30 July 2019

Govia Thameslink Railway staff have been busy brightening up Harpenden station with floral displays. Picture: GTR

Govia Thameslink Railway staff have been busy brightening up Harpenden station with floral displays. Picture: GTR

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New floral displays have brightened up Harpenden station.

Govia Thameslink Railway staff have been busy brightening up Harpenden station with floral displays. Picture: GTRGovia Thameslink Railway staff have been busy brightening up Harpenden station with floral displays. Picture: GTR

Harpenden residents and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) staff planted 100 locally sourced shrubs and flowers at the station - including bidens, vinca, heuchera and calibrachoa.

They put 2,000 litres of compost in the 10 planters, which had been constructed by inmates at HM Prison The Mount as part of a GTR community programme.

Retired Harpenden resident Stephen Webster helped with the planting. The 70-year-old said: "I'm very keen on gardening, and anything to brighten up the station on the daily commute is a very good idea, and GTR staff are very nice people to work with as well."

Harpenden Station manager Joe Healy gets planting. Picture: GTRHarpenden Station manager Joe Healy gets planting. Picture: GTR

Harpenden garden scheme project leader Alex Hambleton said: "The whole concept is to give passengers stations they can be proud of and stations they can enjoy."

It is hoped people will now volunteer to look after the planters alongside the station team. Any interested parties should speak to station staff.

St Albans will also be decorated with floral displays soon.

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