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Leafy new look for Stonehouse

Stonehouse Station, in Gloucester, could soon be looking a bit more leafy, thanks to a grant from railway company GWR.

A project to plant 15 trees on land around the station has received a £2,000 grant from Great Western Railway.

Stonehouse Town Council wants to get around 50 members of the community - including local businesses and schoolchildren -involved in planting the trees.

As part of GWR's franchise agreement with the Department for Transport, the train operator has a Community Cohesion Fund to assist small community charities, enterprises and station adopters.

Stonehouse Arboricultural Association chief executive John Parker said: "This grant from GWR will allow us to make some really great additions to the Stonehouse Community Arboretum in a way which will engage the local community and deliver all of the environmental, social and economic benefits that trees bring.

"As well as benefitting Stonehouse residents, GWR passengers on the trains passing through the town will also get to enjoy seeing the trees as they grow into maturity in the landscape."

Location and species selection, as well as the planting and aftercare, will be agreed in consultation with a local arboricultural specialist who is volunteering time to the project.

GWR Community Manager Emma Morris said: "The town council is very keen to improve the approach to Stonehouse Station and this funding will help bring the community together for a project which will benefit generations to come."

The Stonehouse Community Arboretum is a project led by Stonehouse Town Council with the intention of delivering the environmental, social and economic benefits of trees through planting and education.

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