A shipping container providing essential storage for the Strawberry Line Cycle Project has received a vibrant makeover by talented local artist Damien Jeffery. The project, part-funded by Great Western Railway’s Community Fund, and the Community Rail Development Fund, was co-ordinated by Severnside Community Rail Partnership.
Sprayed directly on to the shipping container, Damien’s design features locally relevant flora and fauna including a yellow Siskin bird, a Kingfisher, strawberries, forget me nots and pine leaves from the Dawn Redwood, one of the trees planted around Yatton as part of the Treasured Trees project in 2012. One end shows a sprightly Springer Spaniel leaping in the air, while the other features classic 1924-built GWR steam locomotive number 4555, which to this day still runs on the East Somerset Railway.
The container belongs to Strawberry Line Cycle Project and houses adapted bikes for use by people with disabilities. Brightening it up was the idea of cycle hire project coordinator Sally Wilcock, who felt it was an eyesore for station visitors. The artwork is delighting all who visit the station.
GWR Business Assurance Director Joe Graham said:
“The Community Fund is a fantastic opportunity for us to invest in projects that really make a difference to our customers and communities at a local level.
“We’re delighted to support this initiative. Damien has designed an incredible piece of artwork which really does provide a wonderful welcome to visitors using the station car park. Who knew a shipping container could look quite so striking as this!?”
Strawberry Line Cycle Project co-ordinator Sally said:
“We wanted to find an artist who could create a mural that would look contemporary but suitable for the heritage station, while showcasing the café & bike hire at the same time.
North Somerset Council Leader, Cllr Steve Bridger, said:
“The Strawberry Line and the café are jewels in Yatton’s crown, and this colourful mural will only enhance this reputation. I’m full of admiration for how Damien has brought the essence of the line to life supported by the collaborative efforts of the Severnside Community Rail Partnership, GWR and the innovative bike hire team.”
Yatton station already benefits from GWR staff who tend to the planters, while hard-working volunteers have landscaped the garden with paths and plants.
Paul Webster, Support and development manager – Community Rail Network, said:
“Involving local communities and promoting sustainable, healthy and active travel is a key part of the work our Community Rail Partnership members deliver, so this stunning new mural is a really bright invitation and welcome for visitors to the Strawberry Line Cycle Hire and Cafe. We are pleased to have been able to support this project through a Community Rail Development Fund grant and hope many visitors will be encouraged to travel to Yatton by train and then explore the local area on two wheels from this fabulous facility. ”