Youngsters' artwork brings extra colour to Keynsham Station wildlife garden

Published on: 05 Aug 2017

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New artwork created by young people is the finishing touch to a project designed to brighten up Keynsham Station for commuters – and to make it more appealing to wildlife.

Colourful giant insects and flowers created by members of Time Out with the help of artists from Priormade now adorn disused advertising posts at the entrance to the station.

The installations form part of a new community garden created on two unloved, grey patches of land, which have now been transformed as part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain for Wildlife initiative.

The young people helped Keynsham in Bloom members and volunteers from B&NES Council, Great Western Railway and construction firm Hochtief to complete the garden just in time for the South West in Bloom judges’ visit on July 14.

The project was one of a select number across the country to receive £500 worth of gardening materials, along with hands-on support and advice from RHS.

Keynsham in Bloom chair Denise James said the group had been planning the new pollinator-friendly garden since the start of the year when the land was being dug up as part of electrification works at the station.

She said: “We are thrilled that the RHS have chosen our station project as part of their 2017 Greening Grey Britain campaign.  There are only a handful of projects across the country that have been chosen by the RHS to receive funding.  In order for us to be selected by the RHS we had to demonstrate that our project will bring people together to work in partnership and benefit both communities and wildlife in the area, as well as demonstrating how we would involve working with young people and how it would benefit the young people taking part.”

She added: “The site team from Hochtief have been invaluable – without their support with transportation and helping to install the artworks, we wouldn’t have completed the project in time for our Keynsham in Bloom judging day. When Rebecca Prior, the artist, delivered the artworks to the station, I have to say I was blown away when she unveiled them.  They are absolutely stunning and have so much detail, the youngsters from Time Out Youth Club should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

The artwork was funded by ACORP New Life for Local Lines.

The Greening Grey Britain for Wildlife initiative aims to highlight the vital role gardens play in supporting wildlife, helping to provide valuable habitats for creatures to forage, nest and hide and form a “wildlife corridor” to link up other green spaces.

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