A waterbutt has been installed at West Worthing, for the station partners to use on their leased patch of garden area.

Line Officer, Rowena Tyler explained: “We identified a secure area where rainwater could be captured and used by the volunteers to maintain their garden. I was delighted with the supportive attitude from Network Rail which meant we could accept the generous offer from Southern Water who donated and arranged installation for free. This is a great example of partnership working to achieve Community Rail objectives.”

Speaking for the Friends of West Worthing Station partners, Barbara Hine said “Our group at West Worthing is very pleased to have rain water available for the garden at the station. We appreciate the support from both Network Rail and Southern Water with this project and that we are able to be as eco friendly as possible.”

Greg Thompson, Senior Community Engagement Manager at Network Rail said “This is a great initiative and one that we’re committed to continuing across the Southern region in partnership with our community groups and Southern Water. We are not just here as an organisation to improve and invest in our infrastructure, equally we’re here to make a positive difference at the heart of the communities we serve.”

The Friends of West Worthing are a small and friendly group, who are always happy to welcome new volunteers to the gardening project.  If you’d like to help, either on a casual or regular basis, contact the Line Officer, Rowena Tyler at SCRP for a chat, or drop into the station and leave your contact details with the staff.