IDVERDE’S ADOPT-A-STATION GARDEN PROJECT GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

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One year after idverde UK worked in partnership with The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Malden Manor Community Project, and South West Trains to construct a pocket community garden at Malden Manor Station, the project continues to go from strength to strength.

On 31st March this year the raised planters at the station’s John Millais Everest Garden were redesigned and re-planted by the ‘Adopt-a-Station’ group, supported by idverde, South West Trains, and Kingston Council. The low maintenance all year round planting scheme was designed by idverde’s professional services team.

The planting day was attended by local community members, students from Malden Manor Primary School, Councillors David Fraser MBE, Councillor Kevin Davis, and local MP James Berry.  Members of idverde’s green spaces development team were there to provide support and guidance on planting. It was also an opportunity for some of idverde’s Land Based Studies trainees to put some of their horticultural learning into practice.

Preeti Chatwal-Kauffman, idverde’s Green Spaces Development Manager explains:As a part of our commitment to develop sustainable green communities, idverde works in partnership with clients and encourages local community, schools and groups to participate and get involved in their local projects and make a real difference to their green spaces that are facing some of the biggest challenges at the moment. It’s a pleasure to work with such a passionate community group. Special thanks to Cllr David Fraser, Richard, Terry and Henry for your continued support to ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme.”

Such has been the success of the Malden Manor Station Garden, that idverde is now working with its partners to develop a similar project at nearby Worcester Park Station, with the aim of improving the station’s forecourt.

Phase one of the project commenced on 30th March and included improvements to the existing brick planter on Malden Road. Volunteers planted an all year round low maintenance scheme, which was designed by idverde’s professional services team.

Worcester Park residents, members of the Women’s Institute Gardening Club, and local businesses all joined in to help with the planting. Councillors David Fraser MBE, Councillor Kevin Davis, and MP James Berry also came to show their support of the project. Local businesses Ironing Line and Avenue Health have already volunteered to ‘adopt’ this bed, and to take care of its ongoing water and maintenance.

The next phase of the scheme at Worcester Park Station will include installing self-watering barrier baskets at the station’s entrance and on the platforms, along with a streetscape planter at the station entrance.

Cllr David Fraser MBE, Ward Councillor Old Malden, said: “On behalf of the residents of Old Malden, I would like to thank the idverde team and Richard Kempton [South West Trains] for yesterday at Worcester Park and today at Malden Manor. On both occasions it has been very impressive, with community involvement including the pupils from Malden Manor School, and I am pleased that our MP and the Leader of the Council were able to be present.

The efforts of the volunteers who came to plant the spring flowers at Worcester Park Station will be followed up in May with summer planting. The plants are at the entrance to the station and complimentary remarks have been made by commuters and local residents. It is through the dedication of idverde and South West Trains that this project is coming to fruition.”

Andrew Kauffman, idverde’s Assistant Director – community support, added: “I would like to thank the Malden Manor Adopt-a-Station Group, Richard Kempton from South West Trains and Cllr David Fraser for making the trainees from the idverde’s Land Based Studies group so welcome at the community planting days, which allowed students to practice techniques they had learnt during the course and share tips with residents and students attending the planting event. Thank you to Cllr David Fraser, Cllr Kevin Davis and MP James Berry for their continued support to this local initiative.”

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