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Federation lottery grant for Norwood Junction Community Garden

12 August, 2021

British Transport
Police Federation
August 12, 2021

Federation lottery grant for Norwood Junction Community Garden

Work to revive a community garden project at Norwood Junction station in Southeast London is paying off.

BTP Officer, Breda Clifford-Murphy and her now-retired colleague Dave Kirby founded the garden when they were posted at the station in 2010. There were issues with trespass and suicide in the area and the pair set about transforming waste ground into an area where local children could be taught the dangers of the railway.

Prior to the BTP office at Norwood junction closing in 2017, hundreds of children had visited the garden to learn about track safety.

Last year Breda was approached by rail staff about taking the garden on again. The site was cleared with the help of volunteers and a grant of £365 from the Federation lottery fund helped pay for gardening equipment.

Since then, officers, rail staff and volunteers have worked with Network Rail and the local community, and school visits have resumed, with children learning how to travel safely on the railway. The garden has even produced potatoes and onions for South Norwood primary school.

If you play BTP Federation's lottery you can nominate a charity, community group or good cause, like the community garden, to receive a donation. Download the nomination form.