Alresford Railway Station, Essex

A fine example of everything we have to offer.

Working with Essex County Council, Essex & Suffolk Community Partnership and Greater Anglia:

Phase one of our work at Alresford involved installing our debut railway station orchard. When asked what we could do with a narrow strip of grass running along the length of a platform at Alresford Railway Station, we immediately thought of fruit trees. We planted heritage varieties, local to Essex, of apple, plum and pear trees to ensure maximum forage for bees and other pollinators throughout the flowering season – and, in time, sustenance for commuters, of course.

Phase two, a couple of years later in 2020, involved transforming a site, previously home to a Portacabin, into a wildlife garden, complete with talking bench, raised planters and a cob bug hotel sculpture that was created by local children from Arlesford Primary School, with support from Suzie Jenkins of the Cobnuts Co-operative. Find out more about the cob sculpture on our art commissions page.

Arlesford Rail Station is the winner of a Defra Bees’ Needs Champions Award 2020.

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