By Paige Freshwater
Green-fingered volunteers are transforming the gardens and creating a new home for wildlife at a railway station in Aigburth.
Friends of St Michaels Station are dedicated to improving and maintaining the green areas on and around St Michaels station, Southwood Road, Liverpool.
With an aim to develop the gardens and provide a variety of ecosystems for wildlife, the group is always looking for keen volunteers to help out.
Councillor Sarah Jennings said: “The Friends group are doing a great job of making the station look nicer than it did.
“In the early days we started with litter picking out front, on the footpath at the side and on the platform.
“But when the group really got its head around bidding for funding it meant we could do so much more.”
St Michaels railway station is on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail suburban system, and its reopening was part-funded by Marks and Spencer because of the company’s use of the “St Michael” brand.
Cllr Jennings added: “As so many people in the area don’t have their own garden it’s an opportunity to get involved with something that benefits the whole community, but is very manageable in size.
“We are really lucky to have people who are genuinely dedicated in keeping the project going.”
The Friends encourage rail users to sample their gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and herbs which are all grown on site.
A volunteer of Friends of St Michaels Station said: “We have had really wonderful support from all the station staff and they are really pleased with what we do, and the station users love what we do and very much appreciate it.
“Occasionally we get station users donating plants or money as we are working.
“This means we are able to buy bedding plants.
“We are looking to extend outside the stations, when you come to a station you are welcomed by what is outside, so it would be nice to have some plants outside the front.”
The Friends of St Michaels Station operate on most Saturdays at 10am-12pm and is always welcoming new volunteers.