Community makes rapid progress in transforming former Station Yard

Local councillor Chris Tuke lends a hand.

The site of a former railway station in Moray is being transformed with around 200 trees planted at the weekend.

Donations from the Woodland Trust – who earlier this month also provided over 400 trees to villagers in Duffus – allowed villagers to plant the trees at the old Burghead Railway Station.

Dozens of local people young and old turned out at the station yard on Saturday, a site of around three acres which has been transformed with the planting of hawthorn, silver birch, rowan and oak trees.

Work on the new community garden began earlier in the summer and replaced plans for a new community hall on the site that failed to materialise.

A spokeswoman for the Burghead Amenities Association, who are behind the project, said: “The Woodland Trust gave us over 200 free trees, and we planted them all today. They will give all round colour, and food for wildlife.

“Some people brought extra trees – three apple trees, a walnut, and a cherry – which we are very grateful for, and have also been planted. It was lovely weather for working in the garden -and the rain that night watered everything in.”

The amenities association, which only began work in July, have further plans for Burghead including a sensory garden, fitness trail and adventure trail as well as an all-weather court.

Progress at the old station yard can be followed on their Facebook Page.

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