BUSINESS people from South West Birmingham have put on their gardening gloves to take part in a community gardening project to transform the green areas around Longbridge Railway Station.
‘Wild Longbridge’, has been launched by Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) and is being delivered by Northfield Ecocentre and London Midland to explore how planting, growing and eating can be a shared activity that enhances built and social environments.
Representatives from leading Longbridge-based companies, including St. Modwen, Marks & Spencer, Boots Pharmacy and London Midland all gave up an afternoon to help clear existing scrub land and plant a new wildflower meadow.
Mike Murray, development director at St. Modwen, said: “The station is, for many, the gateway to Longbridge – it’s the first impression people get when they arrive.
“Yet until LPAP and its team of volunteers started work a few weeks ago, the station embankments were surrounded by overgrown hedges and scrub, offering little in the way of colour, and were simply unattractive to visitors.”
He said the new wildflower meadow that had been planted would enhance the station through colour and nature and provide a real focal point for people arriving at Longbridge.
Artist Cathy Wade, who is leading the work at Longbridge train station as part of her ongoing LPAP residency, said “Wild Longbridge proposes that we can change the landscape we commute in, such as a train station, through the creation of a community garden.
“This project will develop through a series of art, design and ecology events that blend planting and growing as landscaping and art.”
For more information and to get involved with the ‘Wild Longbridge’ community garden project at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07845 764751.
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