A judge from the Royal Horticultural Society has visited a Cornish railway station and garden this week.

The Friends of Penmere Station welcomed RHS South West in Bloom judge, Michael Foy, to the station on Wednesday.

With the station entered in the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' category, held over from 2020, a group of garden and railway enthusiasts from the Friends of Penmere Station, escorted judge Mr Foy round the transformed, multi-award winning station gardens on what turned out to be a very warm sunny day.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Penmere Station group, Steve Lloyd, said: "The small group of volunteers have worked incredibly hard since July, when we regained permission to return to the station after the Covid 19 lockdown.

"The colourful rockery, tubs and flowerbeds look magnificent, with some plants kindly donated by GWR.

Falmouth Packet: Left to right: Steve Lloyd, judge Michael Foy and volunteer Dave BishopLeft to right: Steve Lloyd, judge Michael Foy and volunteer Dave Bishop

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"In September it will 28 years since the ' Friends ' were formed , supported by the Local Town Council, GWR, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and local townsfolk.

"Michael enjoyed his visit immensely and thanked us for our hard work."

The Friends of Penmere Village are a small group of volunteers who maintain the platform and gardens at Penmere Station on the Maritime Line.

Formed in September 1993, the group describes themselves as working with "the intention of turning around years of neglect to make the branch line station a more pleasant space for passersby and passengers alike."

Funded by public donations and grants, The Friends of Penmere Station have been tending the station gardens for nearly 30 years.