Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Sunday, September 04, 2011
seeds of change
(All pics copyright Gail Coleshill)
Gail is one of the volunteer gardeners at Midsomer Norton and sent these excellent pictures of some of the flowers and plants that are now covering the site. Midsomer Norton always was famous for its floral displays and it's great that the tradition lives on. I know that some of the flowers around site have actually seeded year after year and can be traced all the way back to the original S&D! She's very pleased that things have been growing so well despite the lack of rain. Our own garden at home has bloomed well this year, with reseeded flowers from last year popping up in the most surprising places!
With the greenhouse also providing plants Midsomer Norton is set to surpass its 50s and 60s glories.
The built environment today is pretty ugly in many places. Even the network railways with their security fencing and utilitarian buildings have a lot to do to recover their previous aesthetic appeal - but I suspect beauty will reappear everywhere once the oil runs out. The private railways have their part to play in this, by making travel an attractive experience (which of course the roads and airlines will never do) they will encourage more and more people to abandon the old fashioned and ugly alternatives. All rail journeys should be a memorable experience and something that we all strive to do as much as possible. Of course the S&D has a huge head start in this because the built environment is so attractive but, even more, the scenery through which we run is amazing. The forgotten years have not really changed any of this, if anything has made us even more determined to make the S&D the finest line in England again.