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  • Aberystwyth Station Project - Brownies give station some flower power


    Eighteen members from the 1st Penparcau Brownies in Aberystwyth have completed a ‘Groundforce’ style project at the town’s railway station.

    Brownies hard at workThe Brownies, aged between seven and 10, approached Arriva Trains Wales to ask if they could undertake a project that would offer the girls some experience in gardening and improve the appearance of the station flower beds.

    Reformed back in January of this year, having been closed for several years due to a shortage of leaders, the Brownies now meet every week at the Penparcau Community Education Centre with almost all the girls from the immediate area and a couple from Rhydyfelin.

    The girls are currently working towards their World Issues badge, which is about making a difference to the world we live in through community and environmental projects.

    Jennifer Willott, team leader for the Brownies, said: “It’s been great to be involved in the station project as it has given them an opportunity to get out in the community and make a difference.  Gardening is an activity that many will not have tried before and they will have gained a lot from the experience.”

    She continued: “The replanted beds are something that lots of people will see everyday and can tell others about.  We’ve created a great sense of achievement here and look forward to participating in other similar projects in the future.”

    Gerwyn Jones, community rail officer for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “Across our network, we are encouraging young people to participate in supervised environmental activity aimed at encouraging a sense of pride and ownership in local stations.”

    He continued: “This project was a good opportunity for the girls to demonstrate their teamwork and creative skills.  They have learned about the varieties of plants used in the beds and we are grateful for their support in transforming the appearance of the platform.”

    As a reward for their work, the Brownies are planning a Pack holiday in Birmingham with complimentary rail travel provided by Arriva Trains Wales.