Green fingered Dawn on the right track

PUBLISHED: 15:37 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5: DAWN Chapman's love of gardening means that both work and free time are devoted to bringing colour into people's lives Dawn has agreed to help brighten up Lympstone's village railway station by creating and maintaining a rock garden at the entrance. Dawn,

DAWN Chapman's love of gardening means that both work and free time are devoted to bringing colour into people's livesDawn has agreed to help brighten up Lympstone's village railway station by creating and maintaining a rock garden at the entrance.Dawn, who lives in Burgmann's Hill and works at King's Garden Centre in Hulham Road, is just one of many villagers who have agreed to lend a hand in bringing colour back to the station and its surroundings.Villagers have rallied to the cause after being approached by the Avocet Line Rail Users Group (ALRUG).The community effort has involved the parish council; Network Rail; local contractor Dave Tyrell supplying water from his bowser; the Lympstone Compost Scheme donating compost; a watering rota by the Lympstone Garden Club; a water storage tank installed by Nick Millington and Mr Tyrell and sponsorship from King's Garden Centre.Nine existing planters have been planted out by the garden club and there are now two hanging baskets. To date 18 Lympstone residents have had a safety briefing and become station adopters.Tony Day, the chairman of ALRUG, said: "The result is super. In the fullness of time the Friends of Lympstone Station hope to do more to make the embankment an attractive entrance to the village."ALRUG is also making changes at Topsham and Exton stations where volunteers are lending a hand.At Topsham, Elizabeth Hubbick and a small band of ALRUG members have gained permission to install water butts on the platforms and have planted out a small boat and two other planters.At Exton, Gina Parkin and Janet Atkins are tending young plants put in this spring in a bed that was previously neglected and overgrown.

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