Burleys to create butterfly banks at Newhaven Station

Grounds maintenance specialist Burleys is to create butterfly banks near the entrance to Newhaven railway station to improve biodiversity in the area.

It is the latest activity at the station to be carried out by Burleys which has been beautifying its surroundings on a voluntary basis for the past few years.

Burleys’ community liaison officer for Lewes, Karen Rigby-Faux explained: “We were approached by the Community Rail partnership four years ago as they wanted to improve the station at Newhaven and make it more welcoming.  We were delighted to be of help, offering our horticulture expertise and resources.

“The area adjacent to the station was an eyesore and we brought our digger in, levelling the land and did a huge litter pick.  We have continued to litter pick this area three times a week free of charge for the last four years.

“Our team also donate their time to plant and tend all the beautiful planters that you can see on the station, blooming throughout all the seasons. We hope they lift passengers’ spirits.

“We are excited about creating butterfly banks which will be planted up with chalk downland plants and will create a gateway to the outstanding Downs as well as being nectar rich for our pollinating bees and butterflies.”

Burleys is committed to supporting its local community and is always keen to explore new projects and ideas in the Newhaven area. Community groups are welcome to contact Karen at  karenrigby-faux@gburley.co.uk