Friends of Lympstone Village Station

Water butt courtesy of Network Rail Garden Club members on the platform
Dawn Chapman – first ornamental garden Tug of War team at work on embankment
Garden Club team take a break Adopters star in the Annual Concert


Station adoption – Lympstone Village

  • people in village remember an embankment floral display by volunteers in 80s
  • by 2006 embankment overgrown with brambles, nettles etc.
  • Avocet Line Rail Users Group (ALRUG) formed October 2007
  • FGW approach ALRUG about station adoption late 2007
  • ALRUG + Parish Council call public meeting Lympstone Village Hall January 2008
  • FGW attend and sign up 12 of 24 parishioners present as station adopters
  • further six adopters subsequently recruited (and others since then)
  • Garden Club agree to oversee a planting scheme on the platform
  • “Friends of Lympstone Village Station” formed (but has never had a meeting!)
  • PC Chairman repairs planters on station
  • Garden Club plant planters and hanging baskets in Spring 2008
  • FGW provide £75 pa towards cost of planting
  • balance of Friends’ money held in ALRUG accounts
  • Network Rail provide former DMU wash container for water butt on platform
  • local contractor agrees to fill water butt at intervals without charge
  • Garden Club volunteers form watering rota for planters and hanging baskets
  • Lympstone Compost scheme provide compost free of charge
  • volunteer Dawn Chapman makes small ornamental garden on embankment
  • local catering business donates a further planter and more hanging baskets
  • Winter 2008/2009 – embankment strimmed by volunteers
  • Network Rail provide wooden sleepers when section of line is relaid
  • Village Tug-o-War team put sleepers in place to make small garden plots
  • Dawn Chapman clears and digs upper stretch of the embankment
  • Kings Garden Centre donate plants and material for embankment work
  • January 2009 – station adopters perform sketch at Annual Village Concert
  • February 2009 – appeal in village newsletter for people to adopt small plots
  • five families recruited to tend small garden plots on embankment
  • Shears Café agrees to keep a donation box towards plants
  • anonymous passenger donates £100
  • large area of embankment now under cultivation by Dawn Chapman
  • Garden Club plant Spring and Summer displays on platform
  • FGW nominate Lympstone Village garden for Community Rail awards
  • Dawn Chapman collects third prize on behalf of Friends at ACORP dinner
  • FGW provide passes for first of waterers’ annual outings (on Tarka line)
  • Winter 2009/2010 Garden Club plants first Winter display on platform
  • March 2010 – appeal for more people to adopt small plots
  • further sleepers installed to make extra plots
  • bracket supplied by Exeter depot allows reinstatement of third hanging basket
  • 2010-2014 struggle to keep steeper sections of embankment tidy
  • various plants donated but most fail to take hold among grass, nettles etc.
  • some small gardeners more diligent than others!
  • Garden Club continue with three plantings a year and watering rota
  • Loss of water supply leads to abandonment of hanging baskets in 2013

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