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Quainton News Archive - No. 58 - Autumn / Winter 1985 / 86

Our Gardeners

At the close of another season, a few words about our gardeners would not come amiss. Weather conditions are always against gardeners! Yet, at Quainton, they manage to produce for our delight a good show of flowers to brighten up the station beautifully. Last year we were given some window-boxes after we had been the venue of filming of a Sherlock Holmes episode. The blossoms in these boxes have made a lot of difference to the forecourt and the show has been repeated this year, but not without someone looking after them all the winter.

Flower beds have always been a feature of railway stations, but restarting derelict beds is more difficult than making new ones. Peter Hoskings and Andrew Bratton have spent many backbreaking hours clearing the perennial weeds, with some assistance from others who have brought along plants. Jack Branton's dahlias always make a good show and he usually gives them a weekly tidy-up before everyone else has had their breakfast! As an encore, Jack has also found time to put in a few on the VAMES site, where he is one of the mainstays, giving rides for the Birthday Party visitors.

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J R Fairman - Jack Branton on his Motor Rail No. 30 on the VAMES track - 25th August 1985

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1986 and so does not reflect events in the 28+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Our Gardeners - No. 58 - Autumn / Winter 1985 / 86

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