Release date: 16 July 2019
A bee-friendly garden has been created by community groups on the platform of Angmering Railway Station.
Filled with wildflowers and art made from recycled materials, the garden is a habitat for pollinators including bees, butterflies and beetles.
It was made by the Friends of Angmering Station, a partnership of community groups which includes:
• Railway Partners
• Georgian Gardens Community Primary School
• Men in Sheds
The importance of protecting pollinating insects is being highlighted by West Sussex County Council in their new Pollinator Action Plan.
Residents are being encouraged to preserve their habitats in order to sustain these species across the county.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This project has transformed the platform at Angmering Station into a true oasis for important pollinators like bees and butterflies. Without them our food supply, wildlife and countryside would cease to exist.
“I would like to thank all the groups involved and to encourage others in the county to think about the small changes they can make to protect and preserve our pollinators.”
Deirdre Carolin, Eco and Community Events at Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, said: “’Friends of Angmering Station’ is a Railway Partnership whose aim is to engage the local community (of all ages) with environmentally friendly projects which, in turn, enhance the environment of the station. This year we have made the ‘Pollinator Promise’ and have seeded a new garden area with plants proven to be insect friendly. Children from Georgian Gardens Community Primary School have painted bird and bee boxes made by the local Men In Sheds Group. The area also showcases art work using recycled materials created by the children in workshops run by the local not for profit community art group ‘Artworks’.”
For more information about creating pollinator-friendly habitats, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/bees