Air Quality Brentford becomes the latest community group to adopt a station

8 Feb, 2019
Air Quality Brentford volunteers get planting at Brentford Station.

South Western Railway (SWR) is delighted to welcome the latest station adopter at Brentford station.

Air Quality Brentford, the first London-based group to register with SWR, is a volunteer group that works to improve the local community through positive environmental action.

The group’s project, supported by SWR’s local Maintenance Team, has already improved the quality of the station’s environment by planting new trees and flowers, creating green areas on the station’s approaches and placing planters on its platforms.

Brentford station’s adoption was supported by Jennifer Griffiths, Line Officer for the Hounslow Community Rail Partnership, who has worked closely with SWR to increase community involvement along the line.

Andy Harrowell, SWR’s Community Rail Manager, said:

“We are committed to encouraging groups across our network to adopt their local station, and help the location reflect the community it serves. We are really pleased to have Air Quality Brentford on board and look forward to them inspiring others to get involved. Our thanks to Jennifer, Nicola and our teams for all their efforts.”

Jennifer Griffiths, Line Officer for the Hounslow Community Rail Partnership, said:

“Hounslow CRP is delighted to have its first station adoption on the line and would like to thank Air Quality Brentford for all their efforts with SWR. We look forward to working with other groups to improve the experience at other stations.”

Nicola, a volunteer from Air Quality Brentford, said:

“As a neighbouring resident it’s been great to work with SWR to enhance the environment around Brentford Station. By planting spring bulbs, flowers and tree saplings we’ve made the area more attractive, helped reduce litter and added some much-needed green infrastructure to help improve air quality locally.”

SWR is committed to encouraging more groups to adopt their station and is working with local teams to help put the locations further at the heart of the communities they serve. This includes supporting groups to become registered with the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, accessing a specific fund setup by SWR to provide equipment for this work.

To find out more about any of this work contact SWR’s dedicated Community Rail Manager, Andy Harrowell.

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