Schoolchildren Grow Bee-Friendly Flowers for Halesworth Station

Schoolchildren planting flowers at Halesworth station
The Schoolchildren planting flowers at Halesworth station

Halesworth rail station has become more bee-friendly thanks to children from the town’s primary school.

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership teamed up with children from Edgar Sewter Primary to grow pollinator-friendly flowers for the rail station as part of a science project. Three classes were provided seeds by the Bee Friendly Trust with compostable pots and watering cans donated by B&Q.

The children cared for the seedlings and once they bloomed took them to the rail sation where they
planted out an area for passengers and wildlife to enjoy. The initiative also included a talk about rail safety.

Thalia Rushmore, East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership Officer, said, “It has been lovely to work with the children on this project to create more pollinator-friendly planting at the station, in addition to the work the volunteer station adopters are already doing, to make it attractive and welcoming.

“It has been a great way to bring science out of the classroom and into real life while creating real benefits for wildlife and improving the station for the whole community to enjoy.”

Greater Anglia’s Community and Customer Engagement Manager, Alan Neville, said, “We are delighted to see the results of this project to offer a refuge for pollinators at our station.

“We work with many community volunteers, called station adopters, across the region on projects to improve biodiversity, and this project complements their efforts.

“It’s really important to us as we continue our green journey, helped by the introduction of our more environmentally friendly new trains, that we operate as sustainably and in harmony with our surroundings as we possibly can.”