Cottage Garden arrives at Kentish Town Thameslink Platform One

Congratulations and thanks go to everyone who came to plant the station garden at The Big Dig Event on the 22nd April – It was a massive success!

Six wooden planters had been constructed by volunteers ahead of time, which were transported down many steps to the platform along with all the plants and 60 bags of soil and compost – phew!

Structures for the plants were made with coppiced wood from Hampstead Heath and everyone got to work filling, digging and planting the containers up with butterfly and bee attracting plants.

The wildlife friendly plants include foxgloves, phlox, rudbeckia, echinacea, veronicastrum, yarrow, climbing rose, honeysuckle, runner beans and even peppers!

Members of the public, passing through the station, are encouraged to water the plants with the hose and watering cans provided, or even, empty their water bottles into the planters!

None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for all the lovely volunteers! Thanks to Transition Kentish Town, Camden Air Action, Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum and Of Butterflies & Bees for all their hard work; and also to Govia, the Thameslink operator, and Camden Council who backed and funded the project 50:50 and Network Rail.

The platform garden is one part of a broader project “to create pollution-busting green spaces along Kentish Town Road” 04/05/2017 Ham&High Outdoor Supplement p5 as part of a Trail of Wellbeing.

Studies have shown that “exposure to nature provides a wide range of health benefits” Doses of Nearby Nature Simultaneously Associated with Multiple Health Benefits.

Come and discover the Trail of Wellbeing on Sat 17th June 11am-5pm: An open day of all our wonderful new green spaces in Kentish Town.

The ‘Well Beeing Garden’ at the James Wigg practice will open from 11am-12:30. Free herb tea from herbs grown in the garden
Continue on the trail stopping at  the “Platform 1 Cottage Garden’ at KT overground station between 1:00-2:30pm
Stop at our pop up Camden Air Action stall and find out how green spaces help counter pollution.
The day will finish at ‘The Listening Space’ at The Caversham Group Practice between 3pm-5pm where free tea and herb scones will be served!

For more info: Transitionkentishtown.org.uk

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