BUDDING young gardeners from Handforth Grange School pupils planted a selection of spring bulbs at Handforth Railway Station.

The planting involved a group of year 3 and 4 pupils, who were invited to take part by the Friends of Handforth Station.

The children, accompanied by two of their teachers, assembled on the station concourse.

After a safety briefing and being issued with hi-vis jackets and gardening tools, the children made their way down to the wooden planter on the southbound platform.

Here they planted 70 daffodil bulbs in ground immediately behind the planter.

Having positioned the bulbs in a prepared trench, the children covered them with compost and soil. They then planted a large number of crocus bulbs within the wooden planter.

Having returned to the station concourse, the children planted more crocus and daffodil bulbs in two of the concrete planters in front of the ticket office.

The work by the children forms a very useful part of a much larger initiative by FoHS.

Hundreds of daffodil, crocus and narcissus bulbs have now been planted by FoHS in the embankment adjoining the southbound platform.

It is hoped the station will have an impressive display of flowers in the spring.

Andrew Backhouse, chairman of Friends of Handforth Station, said: “The year 3 and 4 pupils have done a great job to ensure that Handforth Station will enjoy a good springtime floral display.

“Thanks are also due to Shentons’ Farm Shop and Parkers Garden Centre for their generous donations of daffodil and crocus bulbs respectively.”