work party 17th February

After the snow of a few weeks ago, today started sunny and spring-like at the station. We concentrated on clearing overgrowth from the bank behind the ‘up’ platform, the cuttings were then used to fill in gaps in the hedging on the opposite side to protect nearby residents’ privacy.  A project for this year is to install a pond near the seating area on the ‘down’ platform to encourage wildlife. A low picket fence and railway-style level crossing gate will be provided to protect the pond, and today we marked out the position of this fencing. The two replica running in boards which we made and painted a few years ago have sadly suffered from the elements already. When the weather becomes warmer and drier we will look at sanding down and repainting the affected woodwork.