A GROUP of volunteers has completed the construction of a Cornish granite rockery at a Falmouth railway station.

The Friends of Penmere Station's design, construction and total funding costs were met by the Community Rail Development Fund, through the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).

It was facilitated by Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership manager Richard Burningham, who attended the station last Wednesday.

The small group of voluntary gardening and railway enthusiasts have been custodians of the station since 1993 and celebrated their 25th anniversary of improving and maintaining the station, and its environs last year with a 'Party on the Platform'.

The local community, which has been very supportive, including Falmouth Town Council, came along to see for themselves the hard work and changes brought about by the Friends. It is a pollinating insect, nature friendly rockery.

Support from the ACoRP and the local and Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, with funding for various projects over the years provided by them, have resulted in many initiatives and ideas coming to fruition.

Also a Community Chest Grant from local councillor Mathew McCarthy resulted in the Friends being able to purchase some plants, garden tools and a shredder and compost bin.

Great Western Railway have heavily supported the group over many years, providing plant and materials to help the Friends towards winning numerous local and national Royal Horticultural Society and Community Rail awards.