The Anonymous Widower

Volunteers Transform Neglected Rail Station Gardens Into Welcoming Area

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in the Westmoreland Gazette.

In my travels I come across many stations, where volunteers make a difference.

Kents Bank station can be added to that list.

Many more stations need volunteers to do some community gardening and other work.

April 24, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. I agree – I recruited and managed volunteers and volunteer projects all my life. The problem with tasks such a looking after the station garden is the concern that the work should really be carried out by a person employed to do it rather than volunteers. Have recruited volunteers into the health service, I have a great deal of sympathy with the trades unions over this. Some wards and departments wanted to replace paid posts with volunteers. There was no way I was going to have any involvement in, for instance, a clerical post being reduced to mornings only and volunteers coming instead the rest of the time. Hence having volunteers do things needs paper thought.

    Last Sunday Neil and I went to the theatre, there were lots of lovely friendly people taking coats, looking after mobility scooters, helping people to their seats etc. I commented on this, and was surprised to find that the theatre was some sort of charitable trust, and all the staff helping public were volunteers. And I am pretty sure the reason for their enthusiasm is because they are volunteers, working a few hours a week, or even a few hours a month. But it couldn’t happen in a privately own for-profit theatre, because they would be taking jobs which should be carried to by employed staff.

    Comment by Liz P | April 25, 2018 | Reply

  2. There are a lot of volunteer gardeners around here. I have a feeling that many live in flats or houses without gardens.

    At Hackney Downs station, there’s even apple trees in planters.

    Comment by AnonW | April 25, 2018 | Reply

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