FOWS have been busy at the station today replenishing a few of the troughs and planters that have suffered mistreatment from human and animal vandals.
FoWS volunteers by the Wigan platform flower bed
Over the last few months the low troughs at the end of the platform have been a magnet for young foxes who regard the fresh compost as a kind of play pit with the added attraction of yummy worms and grubs. Their digging has almost emptied one trough and left deep holes in the other, all of which we were able to repair today.
The new Weeping Willow
We also planted a weeping willow in place of the lilac that was mindlessly uprooted and snapped recently and weeded the flower beds, where the astromeria is looking particularly gorgeous this year.
We hope station users and passing train passengers will enjoy the colours and textures of the summer “display” at Walkden station !
As always, we are immensely grateful to Salford City Council‘s Community Committee In Bloom scheme for their financial support which makes the upkeep of the station gardens possible, and to Albert and the team at Linnyshaw Garden Centre for their excellent plants and friendly service.
The worst fox-damaged planter, before today’s gardening
A train arriving from Manchester Victoria passes the newly re-planted troughs