Waste ground bears fruit in Brighton
(There are a lot of rail stations out there; although here they mostly grow and are a great botanic-garden/source of, hardy medicinal weeds)
A patch of derelict waste ground by a railway station is undergoing a green makeover and being transformed into an urban orchard in Brighton.
Preston Circus planters, Brighton Permaculture Trust and Southern Rail have teamed up to plant an orchard outside London Road railway station.
Planting took place with donations of soil improver and equipment with volunteers prepared to get their hands dirty.
Volunteers are planning to plant six apples and pears as cordons growing up the south-facing wall of the station as well as salad, bean, raspberry beds and tomato pots to brighten up the station approach.
“Once drab and derelict spaces around the station have been transformed into growing spaces that are not only producing food, but is also creating a strong focus that for the first time is really bringing local people together.
Elspeth Broady, coordinator of the London Road Station Partnership, said: “When we started last year, the area was covered in broken bottles and cans. We’ll now have a mini-orchard, as well as three raised beds for vegetable growing, and we’ve had fantastic support from the local community.