Over the past year anyone walking past Arlesford station would have noticed the transformation of the area where the portacabin used to be to a wild flower garden with a cob sculpture.
The project partnership involved ESSCRP, Cobnuts Co-Operative, The Bee Friendly Trust, Arlesford Primary School, Station adopters and Greater Anglia. The sculpture shows people waiting for their train and has pottery mini sculptures which were created by some pupils from Arlesford primary school. ESSCRP were able to deliver a rail safety talk to some of the pupils who were in school alongside the pottery classes delivered by Cobnuts Co- operative and a talk about bees, insects and pollination delivered by The Bee Friendly Trust which were delivered in the school field.
The sculpture has a living roof which will continue to grow and encourage insects and bees into the area. In the spring the wild flowers will grow in the garden alongside the sculpture and will be the ideal habitat for pollinating insects. There is also a talking bench in the garden, where you can sit and learn about the garden and how it was created.
The Sculpture has already won the Bees’ Needs Food Award 2020 from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for providing food and a home for pollinating insects.