Update - 5th March 2020
The mild wet (very wet!) winter has seen weeds flourish and there is a need again to tidy up the flower beds. If anyone is willing to give up an hour on a Sunday morning to help with weeding and pruning please contact David Baker and we'll arrange a day to have a gardening session. Most users of the Car Park are considerate, but there are a few careless and unthinking commuters who would rather through and over the flower beds. Please don't.
Thanks go to the following people for their help in weeding the beds in the past:-
Peter & Jenny Williams
Ashtead Station Car Park's Flower Beds
When the new station was built the contractors left four weed covered flower beds with no plants but with litter and rubble. Thanks to the efforts of a few residents and assistance from pupils at The City of London Freemen's School the beds were edded and dug over. Bernie Merry kindly transported a load of well rotted horse manure which was then dug in to improve the soil. Southern Railway and Leatherhead Lions kindly provided funds which allowed us to plant up the four beds to improve the look of the station and we hope, prevent weeds from making the area look unkempt. The rear two beds were planted with the help of the following people:-
David, Derek, Janet, Molly, Sheila, Wendy and Wyn.
The front beds by the road were planted with the enthusiastic assistance of the children from Barnett Wood Lane School. For this exercise the children were supervised by teachers, led by Helen Ball, Deputy Headteacher and helpers from the school. In addition to the children and staff from the school, we were also helped by Janet Baker, Chris Eliis, Fiona Porter, Judith Lomtort, Derek Webb and Wyn James.
A lot of hard work has gone into making these beds presentable and it would be appreciated if travellers did NOT walk across the planted beds.
Keith Painter, Southern's station group manager said: "This really brightens up the entrance to the station. It's great to have such an active group in Ashtead working with us at the station to make it part of the community."
"This planting helps put the finishing touches to the front of the new station building and car park, and when the platform work is complete the whole area in and around the station at Ashtead will be very smart indeed."
Norma Penny, Headteacher at Barnett Wood School said: "Barnett Wood Infant School children were so pleased to be invited to help create planting beds at Ashtead Station. We feel it is important that our children develop a respect and pride for their local community. What better way to support this development of being a good citizen than by taking part in such a positive community project. Many of our families use the station regularly or cross the railway as they travel to and from work and school. The children will be able to watch the plants grow over the years and feel proud of their contributions in making their community a better and brighter place."