Following the easing of the Covid 19 lockdown, near normal weekday rail services have been have resumed from Derbyshire’s Dronfield Station. Users of the station will have noticed that the volunteers from the Friends of Dronfield Station (FoDS) have resumed caring for the station garden.
When lockdown restriction were imposed, FoDS were prohibited from working at the station or in its garden. In those fourteen weeks, the garden had become increasingly unkempt with long grass, shrubs and bushes growing out of control and a forest of weeds in the flower beds.
Northern, the train operator responsible for the station, finally released the restrictions this week allowing the FoDS volunteers to start to bring it back to its normal pristine state. Volunteers are still only allowed to work on three days of the week and only between certain hours. No more than two FoDS volunteers are permitted to be on the station at any one time and they must wear face coverings and observe the normal social distancing rules.
Volunteer Rick Varley said “it’s great to be back working at the station after this long lay off. The garden looks a right mess and it’s difficult to see the flowers though all the weeds, but our team will soon get it looking smart for the people who use the station.”