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Brightening up Westbury’s station for passengers

One of the new planters at Westbury railway station.

One of the new planters at Westbury railway station.

THREE large planters have been installed at Westbury Station to help make it a brighter and prettier place.  

The three planters were installed on platforms last month. They  were designed and made by councillor Horace Prickett and built by a team of volunteers from around the area.  The cost was met by the Heart Of Wessex Community Rail Partnership, which coordinates the work of volunteer groups along the Bristol to Weymouth line.

The work also received financial help from Hills Waste Solutions, who arranged the free supply of compost.

Horace Prickett, Wiltshire councillor for Southwick said, “The previous planters at Westbury were old and had been there many years, to the extent that really only one survived.   They were steel and had been rust streaked for years, presenting a dismal sight, so the West Wilts Rail Users Group and the Heart of Wessex Partnership decided to pool their efforts to restore and enhance the platforms.

“In this we were supported by council community grants and Hills Waste, without which the project could not have gone ahead.   Indeed, the compost itself came from the community, being made from green waste collected at the Warminster Household Recycling centre.   It is intended to plant the containers with spring flowering bulbs shortly, so that in a few weeks the platforms will present a really colourful place to wait.”

Pictured: Simon Thomas plant manager for Hills Waste Solutions, cllr Horace Prickett, Rosemary Buchan  Friends of Westbury Station (FOWS), Catherine Philips Hearts of Wessex rail partnership organiser, Rob Brown FOWS, Nick Reid Westbury Station manager, Lee Seviour FOWS.