Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category


Walkden art work complete – installation will be soon

April 22, 2017

Artist Mark Mennell has completed production of the art work for Walkden station and we are now just waiting for an installation date to be agreed with Northern (who are very kindly installing the work for free).

We look forward to announcing the actual installation date very soon and hope all station users will enjoy the 10 lovely pieces that Mark has designed for us.


Walkden station artworks … a sneak preview

April 1, 2017

We are delighted to offer a sneak preview of a couple of the draft designs that artist Mark Mennell has produced for FoWS.

The designs form part of a series of 8 steel panels that will be attached to the walls of the stairway at the station.

We think the designs, produced by Mark in collaboration with Art & Design students at Salford City College are gorgeous and can’t wait to see them installed – hopefully in the not too distant future.

The Walkden station art project has been made possible with generous financial assistance from Salford City Council‘s Community Committee and Recycle/Reward programmes, and Arriva Rail North‘s Community Rail programme.




FOWS give station a tidy up

August 21, 2016

Weeded and re-stocked troughs

Thanks to our volunteers who were out in the rain this morning to give the station some TLC.

Our team weeded the beds and planters, replaced a few poorly plants, ripped up platform weeds, and did a litter pick down Park Road and the surrounding area.


Foliage and litter removed from in and around the station

We removed 5 large bags of vegetation and 1 bin bag of litter.

We hope you agree it looks a bit tidier in and around the station (for a little while at least !)


Plants on the Wigan platform after a haircut !


Station tidy up

May 9, 2016

A peoris in bloom on the platform

Thanks to our small band of volunteers who gave up a couple of hours on Sunday morning to weed the planters and flower beds, and plant some new flowers to plug a few gaps where plants had died off or been damaged.

We also litter-picked the streets outside the station  … although it was disappointing to see a fresh collection of sweet wrappers and crisp packets blowing down Park Road this evening 😦


Bamboo and some newly planted flowers



White daffofils, helebores and bluebells on the Manchester platform



Thank you from the Mayor of Salford

March 12, 2016

A nice letter from the Mayor thanking FoWS volunteers among the many others who gave up time to clean up the “dirty old town” last weekend 🙂

Clean for the Queen Thank you letter


Walkden gets a clean up

March 5, 2016

Many thanks to our brilliant volunteers Barbara, Jennifer, Cllr Critchley and Harry “The Chopper” who spent this morning litter picking and cutting back foliage in the street areas around the station. We removed 7 bags of general rubbish, 4 bags of cans & bottles for re-cycling, and 4 bags of grennery. We hope everyone enjoys the cleaner environment (at least for a little while !)

FoWS plan to hold more regular litter picks around the station in future.

Our thanks also to Fay at Salford City Council for providing litter pickers, gloves and bags.

Congratulations also to the students from Salford College who were out in force tidying Parr Fold Park.


Let’s Clean for the Queen !

February 28, 2016

As part of the nationwide “Clean for the Queen” campaign FoWS volunteers will be picking litter in the streets around the station on Saturday morning (5th March).

If you would like to take part, please email  by Wednesday so we can arrange the necessary number of pickers, gloves and bags to be provided by Salford City Council.