Hemel Hempstead inmates help give Harlington Station a floral facelift

Harlington plants
Credit: Thameslink

Thameslink has announced that Harlington is the latest station to enjoy a floral facelift as part of an ongoing railway gardening project.

A team of Govia Thameslink Railway staff from GTR’s Letchworth Distribution Centre, King’s Cross Support workers and Harlington station painted and filled six new wooden planters with 925 litres of compost.

They planted a variety of locally sourced hardy shrubs, interspersed with multi-coloured pansies.

The planters were all constructed by inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, The Mount, based at Hemel Hempstead.

At the entrance to the station, two troughs were also spruced up and now contain a selection of plants.

The next part of the gardening project at Harlington will be to weed the embankment on platform four to prepare the area for more wildflowers.

Since April this year, Flitwick, St Albans, Harpenden and Bedford have also benefitted from similar planting schemes.

What did the officials say?

Bedford to Harlington Station Manager Bernadette Lee said:

“It looks so bright and vibrant now. The customers on platform one were saying how lovely it looked. The station commuter groups have also said it looks beautiful and said ‘thank you for looking after our station’. It was a team effort and a very successful day.”

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