Open day 'first' for station gardeners

Green fingered volunteers behind award-winning railway station gardens received warm praise from an admirer when they notched up an open day first.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack, a regular train user, has long been impressed by the greenery, blooms and well-kept look of the grounds, building and platforms at Dumfries.

That's why he was delighted to meet the volunteers responsible on Sunday when the station hosted their debut Scotland's Garden Scheme charity open day.

During his visit Mr Jack met constituent Louis Wall, who regularly travels from his home at Mochrum, Wigtownshire to tend the Dumfries Station gardens.

He is also a founding member of the South West Railway Adopters Gardening Group, which looks after more than 20 stations on lines linking Gretna, Glasgow and Stranraer.

There are several all-year gardens at Dumfries Station and displays on the platforms, plus floral and landscaped areas with a wildlife and Biblical theme.

The station volunteers have won around 10 national and regional awards in recent years.

Mr Jack, accompanied by his wife Ann, paid tribute to the volunteers for their fantastic ongoing effort.

He said: "Louis and the team do an amazing job in brightening up the station and I wanted to let them know how widely their efforts are appreciated.

"The gardens improve the appearance of the station giving a very positive impression to visitors and local people."  

Dumfries Station Gardens will be holding further open days for Scotland's Garden Scheme on Sunday June 30 and Sunday September 8.