Friends of Crewkerne Station propose to buy a large water carrier which will hold about 100 litres to make watering the planters on the unused platform easier for the volunteers. A donation from the Shell Pension Fund thanks to one of FOCS members will enable the group to make the purchase. FOCS Secretary Gail Coleshill said: “We are very grateful for the generous donation from the Shell Pension Fund and to Stuart Roberts our member and volunteer who used to work for Shell and has made it happen. We are very concerned about water supplies on that particular platform as the builders will finish and leave the site and we will have no water supply. Network Rail have been asked to look into getting us a tap on the unused platform, which the developers say they will put in, but we are stilling waiting to hear back.”
During the last few weeks, the garden team have been clearing the tangle of brambles from the car park bank. Strimming carried out by SWR last year did not go back far enough, leaving large areas of nettles, brambles and Hogweed, which has restricted the new growth of wild flowers. FOCS have now cleared these areas and are hoping they can spread some annual flower seeds on the bare patches which will grow. The banks are already looking more colourful as the daffodil bulbs and primroses are coming through where FOCS carried out strimming with the strimmer donated by Crewkerne Gardening Club.
Friends of Crewkerne Station prepared for the Winter season by planting Phormium, Hydrangeas and Salvia in the platform planters. The flowers lasted a long time and were added to with Violas and Gaultheria of which the growth is beginning to emerge ready for the Spring season. Weeding to keep the gravel clear and other gardening tasks at Crewkerne Railway Station are ongoing. FOCS always welcomes new members to join them and help to keep the platforms and station environment a tidy, fresh and colourful place that everyone who visits can enjoy.