Posts Tagged ‘Gardening’

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Winter flowers planted at Walkden

October 25, 2015

FoWS volunteers have been cutting back plants that have died down and installing some colourful cyclamen and pansies to brighten up the station gardens over winter.

Winter flowers at Walkden

As always, we want to publicly thank Salford City Council‘s Community Committee In Bloom scheme for their financial support which makes the upkeep of the station gardens possible.

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Volunteers help Walkden bloom again

August 2, 2015

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

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

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

The worst fox-damaged planter, before today’s gardening

A train arriving from Manchester Victoria passes the newly re-planted troughs

A train arriving from Manchester Victoria passes the newly re-planted troughs

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In Bloom planting scheme completed at Walkden station

May 31, 2015
FoWS volunteers beside one of the new planters

FoWS volunteers beside one of the new planters

FOWS volunteers have been working today to install and plant up the final 4 planters in our beautification scheme for the station. In addition to the new planters volunteers also weeded the flower beds, the existing planters and troughs, and put in some summer bedding.

A specially-selected lilac was planted in one of the new planters in memory of FoWS member Michael Carney, a sadly missed member of FoWS who passed away last year.

First part of the job done ... 40 bags of aggregate and 4 steel planters carried up the 40+ steps to the platform !

First part of the job done … 40 bags of aggregate and 4 steel planters carried up the 40+ steps to the platform !

Supported by Worsley & Boothstown and Little Hulton & Walkden Community Committee

Once again our thanks go to Salford City Council for the Community Committee funding which has made this scheme possible, and local supplies J. Hughes Engineering and Linnyshaw Garden Centre for their excellent quality products and generous free deliveries.

Our special thanks to the lads from J. Hughes who took pity on us and gave us a much appreciated helping hand moving the 40 bags of ballast and compost up the steps from street level to the platform !

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FOWS install new planters at Walkden station

August 10, 2014
FOWS volunteers beside the new cube planter installed today

FOWS volunteers beside the new cube planter installed today

Several hardy FOWS volunteers braved this morning’s heavy rain to install the latest additions to our on-going environmental improvements plan – a third steel trough and another steel cube planter.

Volunteers also cleaned graffiti from the shelter, weeded the flower beds and planted some summer bedding.

Once again our thanks go to Salford City Council for the In Bloom funding which makes these improvements possible, and local supplies J. Hughes Engineering and Linnyshaw Garden Centre for their excellent quality products and generous free deliveries.

The latest trough from J. Hughes sparkling in the Walkden rain

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Flower beds get a winter makeover !

November 30, 2008
Wigan border full of new plants

Wigan border full of new plants

Friends of Walkden braved the sub-zero temperature this morning to freshen up the flower beds on both platforms at Walkden. Weeds and dead plants were removed to be replaced with a collection of hebes, mini-conifers, pansies, peoris and ornamental roses amongst others.

The plants have all been funded by a Salford City Council “In Bloom” grant, which is also paying for some new planters currently being manufactured for FOWS by J. Hughes Engineering of Monton.

We hope all station users will enjoy and respect the new plants … and leave them where they are … J

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Another new flower bed at Walkden

November 23, 2008
The new flower bed - before the FOWS makeover

The new flower bed - before the FOWS makeover

FOWS have planted up the vacant border at the west (road bridge) end of the Manchester platform with a collection of grasses, euonymous, cyclamen and primulas.

The plants have been funded by a new In Bloom grant from Salford City Council, which is also paying for improvements to the existing beds and some new planters – all to be installed by FOWS over the next few weeks.

 

FOWS volunteers with the newly planted bed

FOWS volunteers with the newly planted bed

This plot of land had been left vacant in the expectation that the station roof renovators would require access through this area, but that work is now understood to have been scheduled for the next financial year, so FOWS decided to “pretty it up” in the meantime.

FOWS are grateful to Salford City Council and the In Bloom project for their continued generous support of our efforts to improve the environment in and around the station.

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Winter flowers planted by FOWS

October 12, 2008

The Manchester border, freshly planted up by FOWS.

The Manchester border, freshly planted up by FOWS.

This morning FOWS volunteers have been planting winter-flowering plants on the Manchester platform at Walkden.

The plants include cyclamen, pansies and violas, all of which have flourished in this border previously.

The untended space at the far end of the border is not yet gardened as we are waiting for the station’s overdue roof repairs to be done – the workers will need access over this plot of land.