Volunteer gardener scoops award for his railway displays

Louis Wall in action planting
Louis Wall in action planting

A volunteer gardener has scooped a prestigious national award for creating beautiful floral displays at a ScotRail station in Ayrshire.

Louis Wall won the Best Station Volunteers Project category at the ninth annual Community Rail Awards for his transformation of Irvine station.

Together with members of his South West Railway Adopters Garden Group, he has added flower beds to the platforms – and introduced caster oil plants, peach trees, tomatoes, strawberries and even lettuce plants at the station.

Mr Wall, who lives in Newton Stewart, was also Highly Commended in the Passengers Matter category for planting lemon eucalyptus at Barrhill station. Its strong aroma has helped drive away midges.

Mr Wall tends to gardens at more than a dozen stations across Ayrshire’s rail network. He carries out his work as part of ScotRail’s Adopt a Station project, which aims to put stations at the heart of communities.

Mr Wall said: “This is a real honour for everyone who has helped improve the station environment at Irvine and Barrhill. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said: “We are over the moon to see Louis’ innovative gardening projects at Irvine and Barrhill gaining this national recognition. It shows the positive impact that the Adopt a Station project can make.”