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Our work in the community
Railway upgrade plan
The Community Scheme is a way for voluntary groups to transform disused land in their area including old platforms, land adjoining stations, and land underneath viaducts
The scheme is open to anyone - residents, 'Station Friends', transition towns, charities, rail partnerships, local authorities. They do anything from litter picking 'clean-up days' and painting over graffiti, to creating station gardens, wildlife areas, murals and artwork, food-growing in raised-bed gardens, and even clearing drains and undergrowth ready for heritage railways.
There are more than 100 schemes in place across the country – stretching from Cornwall to the Highlands.
We are careful to keep volunteers away from the danger of moving trains and make sure they don’t cause problems for the operating railway and as long as we can achieve this we will do our utmost to help groups to set up their own schemes.
If you have an idea for a scheme please call our 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
Chandlers Ford Station Friends restoring the disused platform
Cleethorpes - restored platform and artwork
Department for Transport volunteers working in the Norwood Junction community garden
Dronfield wild flower garden
Friends of Dronfield station, Derbyshire
Friends of Westhoughton station, Stockport
Kensington Olympia kitchen garden
Friends of Homerton laying out wildflower turf
Ashmolean Rare Plants Group monitoring the Cotswold Penworth flower
Groundwork at Brithdir in South Wales
Glasgow City friends
Heart of Wales Rail Partnership. Keep Wales Tidy and Network Rail at Llanelli
Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership and Network Rail clearing weeds from the disused track bed at Frome
West Rainton litter pickers