A disused platform at Morden station has been repurposed into a rail-side garden popping with hot pink orchids, potatoes hot peppers and plums.
Tony Samuel, TfL's customer service manager at the south London station, has put a lot of time, effort (and expert gardening skills) into the transformation — and it's paid off. As the floral scent wafts by, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were stood in a cottage garden rather than on a zone 4 platform.
Elsewhere on the network, TfL employees have risen to the challenge, by transforming other disused spaces and forgotten corners of their stations into mini ecosystems of flourishing flora and fauna.
Staff at the Seven Kings Elizabeth line station station have brightened up the place with planters at the entrance and corridors — plus large plots on the platform.
The London Overground platform at Highbury & Islington has been installed with a Bee Friendly Trust planter, which honours a local flower seller who worked outside the station for years.
Earlier in 2022, TfL established other community gardens with the Bee Friendly Trust at Northfields, Wimbledon Park, High Barnet and Upton Park.
As well as creating hospitable environments for bees and insects, TfL says the gardens will help "make travelling more welcoming and pleasant for customers."
They'll also all be entered into In Bloom — TfL's annual staff gardening competition. Entrants will be judged based on several categories, such a 'best indoor garden' and 'best community garden', with winners announced at on 22 September.
Many of TfL's staff keep mini gardens at the stations, switching out plants with the seasons. The London Underground network itself has a long history of flaunting its green credentials, from the first gardening competition launched over 100 years ago by the District Railway company, to the gnomes keeping watch over the station at Cockfosters and the 2017 terrarium-in-a-ticket-office at St James' Park station.
While you're out on the tube and train this summer, why not see how many TfL gardens you can spot?