Update - 23th June 2019
As a result of last year's drought for many weeks we lost most of the Cornus plants. This coupled with enforced absence due to illness meant those few people prepared to weed and maintain the beds were unavailable. Over the Winter and this Spring the weeds flourished and in May 2019 a concerted effort was made by a hardy few residents to remove all the weeds and dead plants in readiness for new planting. GTRailway again kindly provided £250 to buy plants, and this time we opted for the more hardy Photinia (Red Robin). We bought these discounted from The Vineries Garden Centre in Bookham. These young plants will bush out in time and help prevent the careless and unthinking commuters who rather than walk an extra 10 yards, walk through and over the flower beds. Thanks go to the following people for their help in weeding the beds in preparation for the new planting:-
Peter & Jenny Williams
Having removed the dead plants, weeded the beds and replanted new shrubs, the two main beds were then covered in a thick layer of wood chip mulch. This helps prevent weed growth and keep the soil mosit. The Residents' Association donated funds to buy this from Otter Nurseries. Thanks again to Margaret DeGaitas, Fiona Porter, Derek Webb and Peter & Jenny Williams.
Ashtead Station Car Park's Flower Beds
Southern Railway and Leatherhead Lions have kindly provided funds which have allowed us to plant up the four beds to improve the look of the station and we hope, prevent weeds from making the area look unkempt.
Bernie Merry of Fjord Carriages has kindly supplied trailer loads of well rotted manure which should give the shrubs a healthy start. .
The rear two beds were planted today (11th April) with the help of the following people:-
David, Derek, Janet, Molly, Sheila, Wendy and Wyn.
For the gardeners amongst you, the species planted were as follows:-
Rear Bed 1 (Horseshoe shaped)
Rubus Tricolor (Chinese Bramble) - this will have edible berries similar to a raspberry
Cornus Stolonifera 'Flaviramea' (Yellow Dogwood)
Rear Bed 2 (Long triangle shaped)
Cornus Alba 'Sibirica'
Vinca Minor 'Alba'
Juniperus x media 'Canberra Gold'
Weigela Florida 'Variagata'
Choysia Ternata 'Sundance'
Leucothoe Font 'Scarletta'
Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'
Carex Oshimensis 'Evergold'
Dwarf Buddleja 'Purple Chip'
Ophiopogon 'Black Beard'
The front beds by the road were planted on 23rd Aprilwith the assistance of the children from Barnett Wood Lane School. For this exercise the children were supervised by teachers, led by Helen Ball, Deputy Headteacher and helpers from the school. In addition to the children and staff from the school, we were also helped by Janet Baker, Chris Eliis, Fiona Porter, Judith Lomtort, Derek Webb and Wyn James.
Again for the gardeners out there, the plants we planted were as follows:-
Front Long Bed
• Phormium 'Tricolor'
• Grevillea 'Olympic Flame'
• Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'
• Ophiopogon 'Nigrescens'
• Cistus 'Alan Fraad'
• Syringa 'Madame Lemoine'
• Viburnum ' Eve Price'
• Skimmia 'Rubella'
• Rhaepheolepis ' Umbellata'
• Daphne Pontica
• Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'
• Cistus 'Purpureus'
• Uncinia ' Rubra'
• Ceanothus ' Repens'
• Bay Tree
• Dwarf Buddleja 'Purple Chip'
• Forsythia ' Weekend'
• Acorus ' Ogon'
• Caex ' Evergold'
Front smaller herb bed
• Oregano ' Country Cream'
• Carex ' Frosted Curls'
• Anemone 'Whirlwind'
• Allium 'Giganteum'
• Lavanndula Angustifolia 'Hidcote'
• Santolina 'Chamaecyparissus'
• Marjoram 'Origanum Onites'
• Thyme 'Tabor'
• Applemint ' Variegata'
A lot of hard work has gone into making these beds presentable and it would be appreciated if travellers did NOT walk across the newly planted beds.
Keith Painter, Southern's station group manager said: "This really brightens up the entrance to the station. It's great to have such an active group in Ashtead working with us at the station to make it part of the community."
"This planting helps put the finishing touches to the front of the new station building and car park, and when the platform work is complete the whole area in and around the station at Ashtead will be very smart indeed."
Norma Penny, Headteacher at Barnett Wood School said: "Barnett Wood Infant School children were so pleased to be invited to help create planting beds at Ashtead Station. We feel it is important that our children develop a respect and pride for their local community. What better way to support this development of being a good citizen than by taking part in such a positive community project. Many of our families use the station regularly or cross the railway as they travel to and from work and school. The children will be able to watch the plants grow over the years and feel proud of their contributions in making their community a better and brighter place."