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Downham Market station makes a bee-line

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Passengers and pollinators will soon be able to enjoy a colourful new bee garden that has just been planted at Downham station.

The garden project is a partnership between Great Northern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and environmental charity Groundwork East.

The plants have all been selected for their flowers, which are especially attractive to bees and other pollinators. They include lavender, sedum, sage, rosemary and verbena. An interpretation board on the fence explains the different species and the benefits that pollinators bring to the world.

Darrell Gardiner, bookings clerk at Downham station with the bee information board (49431187)
Darrell Gardiner, bookings clerk at Downham station with the bee information board (49431187)

Groundwork East has donated some money to the local WI who manage other spectacular floral displays at the station as they will be helping water the bee garden plants.

Chris Dungate, Groundwork East’s operations manager, said: “It’s great for us to be working with GTR on creating a new pollinator-friendly area at Downham station. We hope commuters and station staff enjoy the new planting.”

Downham’s bee garden is one of six being planted as part of GTR’s multimillion-pound station improvement programme. All were suggested by local people when GTR consulted passengers and community groups about their priorities for improvements.

Tom Moran, managing director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said: "We’re making stations more attractive for our passengers, and more sustainable assets for their local communities. These bee gardens are a great example of how we’re doing just that. We’re proud to be working with Groundwork East, among hundreds of partners across our network, to support the post-lockdown recovery – building back better and greener.”

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