Rail primroses moved out of harm’s way

Members of the Friends of Alnmouth Station move primrose plants along the cutting sides adjacent to the Aln Valley Railway's Lionheart station site.
Members of the Friends of Alnmouth Station move primrose plants along the cutting sides adjacent to the Aln Valley Railway's Lionheart station site.

HUNDREDS of primroses were moved on Saturday, as the ambitious Aln Valley Railway project gains momentum.

Representatives from The Friends of Alnmouth Station carried out the work because, in time, the plants would have been threatened by the extension of the line from the Alnwick (Lionheart) station.

Led by Elizabeth Jones and directed by the Railway’s environmental expert, Sue Robinson, the group worked on the steep sides of the railway cutting, moving the plants to a place of safety further along.

Volunteers are also needed to help out at a gardening weekend on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, as part of the project. The work will involve raking soil, preparing beds and planting and seed sowing at the Lionheart station site, adjacent to Lionheart Enterprise Park, on the outskirts of Alnwick. Bring along spades and rakes and any spare bedding plants if you have them.

The site will be open from 9am to 5pm on both days. There will be refreshments, toilet facilities on site, and plenty of car-parking space.

If interested, contact Dudley George on 01665 604502 or email dudley@alnvalleyrailway.co.uk as soon as possible.