Rail volunteers praised for use of flower power

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame at the Holyrood Parliament with volunteers who have adopted stations along the new Borders Railway.
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame at the Holyrood Parliament with volunteers who have adopted stations along the new Borders Railway.

Green-fingered volunteers have been praised for using flower power to brighten up stations on the new Borders Railway.

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame invited volunteers to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to thank them for taking charge of floral displays along the 31-mile route linking Tweedbank with the capital since it opened just over a year ago.

Among those invited along were guests representing Make Stow Beautiful, Melrose Rotary Club, Galashiels Community Council, Gala in Bloom and Scotrail.

Ms Grahame said: “I was delighted, along with my colleague Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, to welcome representatives from the adopt-a-station scheme to Parliament.

“It was a real pleasure to meet the individuals behind the hard work we often take for granted as we travel up and down the Borders Railway.

“The newly-constructed railway stations along the line looked bare right after construction.

“These volunteers quickly set to work and have transformed the appearance of the stations with colourful flowers and vegetation, enhancing the entire journey experience for visitors and commuters alike.

“I wanted to congratulate these groups for taking the initiative and brightening up our railway to make it something we can all take pride in.

“There was also a range of issues raised during the lunch meeting, and I have undertaken to take these up with Scotrail.”

Phil Verster, managing director of Scotrail, also congratulated the groups on their work at stations including those at Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank, saying: “We are delighted at the range and variety of floral displays which are already helping give the stations individual character.

“What we have is a journey where the charm of the passing countryside is enhanced by the welcoming smile that greets the traveller at every stop along the way.”

Ms Grahame’s guests included Make Stow Beautiful’s Jack MacKenzie, Galashiels Community Council’s Judith Cleghorn, Gala in Bloom’s Ronnie Murray and Melrose Rotary Club’s Sylvia Grundy, Alan Thompson and Malcolm Luing.