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People urged to help give Lichfield City station a green-fingered makeover

Organisations and individuals are being urged to help Lichfield City station bloom.

Lichfield City station. Pic: Bs0u10e0

Lichfield City station. Pic: Bs0u10e0

London Midland is launching an Adopt a Station scheme which sees communities give their local train stop a green-fingered makeover.

The train operator says it hopes to have the site up and running in time for summer events, including the Lichfield Festival which it sponsors.

London Midland’s customer service manager Tawhida Yaacoub said: “We know that Lichfield people take great pride in their beautiful city – their gardening skills are there for all to see in the pretty gardens and flower displays they create.

“So we are calling on the Lichfield community to share their pride and gardening expertise and work with us to ensure the station is in bloom every season of the year.”

“We want to ensure that Lichfield City station becomes a fantastic gateway to the city and all its attractions each and every year.”

Similar schemes are already in place at stations in Alton and Hednesford, and the Lichfield project has already been boosted by a donation from timber from Marshdale Construction to allow Ben Williams, from London Midland’s Soho Depot, to create new planters.

Faye Lambert, London Midland’s head of community rail, who is developing the scheme, added: “All we ask of Lichfield ‘adopters’ is that you can give a bit of your spare time whenever you can to help us plant the new displays and keep them looking great, because when communities are involved in this way stations come alive, it reduces vandalism and makes stations feel safer.

“We’ll work with you all the way, provide what you need to get started, and ensure you are part of the London Midland team. So if you enjoy gardening and want to show your pride for Lichfield, please get in touch with us.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone on board to support Ben’s creativity and make Lichfield a colourful gateway to the city.”

For more information on taking part in the Adopt a Station scheme in Lichfield email

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  1. Ken

    9th March, 2017 at 9:50 am

    So London Midland (whose parent company Go Ahead posted a pre-tax profit of nearly £100m last year) wants Lichfield gardeners (who have seen rail fares increase by 56% since 2006 and who now face haing to pay to have their garden waste taken away) to give up their time, for free, to make the train station look nice?

    I sincerely hope Lichfield gardeners will tell London Midland where they can get off.

  2. Toast

    9th March, 2017 at 10:23 am

    This is satire, right? Like, LichfieldLive has become The Onion…?