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Adopt a station

For many people, a railway station is the first thing they see when arriving in a town, so it can leave a lasting impression. The Adopt a Station programme was launched in 2005 to enhance the important role that our stations play in local communities and to improve the station environment for customers and staff.

To date, more then 200 of our 347 stations across Scotland have been adopted by gardeners, who range from local business people, schools and colleges, to community councils, gardening clubs and individuals. Our customers can not only admire flowers and occasionally fruit, but are also invited in some places to pick their own herbs and vegetables. The Adopt a Station programme embraces community uses for railway stations such as meeting rooms, heritage centres and model railway clubs, as well as artwork including posters.

Types of Adopter

We have a range of adopters from different locations that help to maintain and improve the appearance of our stations and local communities.

In east-central Scotland, Rotary clubs are particularly committed, accounting for many stations in Fife, Forth Valley, the Lothians and Tayside.

The Inverclyde Association for Mental Health has adopted 15 stations, while the NHS Restart programme has four - including our 200th adopted station at Carntyne. The Wise Wellbeing Project, the first line-of-route adopter, adopted all six stations on the Whifflet line.

Clydesdale Community Initiatives have fostered several imaginative adoptions in Lanarkshire, including NHS Beckford Lodge's willow-weave athlete at Hamilton West. MSP Margaret McCulloch has also championed station adoption on the Hamilton and East Kilbride lines. Gardening groups are active at stations on the south electric and Barrhead lines.

Thanks to all concerned at the following locations, including the following organisations:

Aberdeen with Aberdeen in Bloom

Aberdour with the Aberdour Community Council



Airbles with Knowetop School and Goulding's Garden Centre

Airdrie with Airdrie Rotary Club

Alexandra Parade with NHS Restart

Alloa with Alloa Rotary Club

Alness with Alness in Bloom

Annan with the Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council

Arbroath with Angus College

Ardgay with the Community Council

Ardlui with the Sparkle Gift Company

Ardrossan Harbour with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group

Ardrossan South Beach

Ardrossan Town with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Arisaig with HITRANS

Arrochar & Tarbet with the Arrochar Community Council

Auchinleck with Auchinleck Community Council

Aviemore with the Strathspey Railway

Ayr with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Baillieston with the Wise Wellbeing project 

Banavie with Caol in Bloom


Bargeddie with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Barrhead with Barrhead High School

Barrhill with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Bathgate with Enterprising Bathgate



Beauly with the Community Council

Bishopbriggs with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Bishopton with In-Work Ltd.

Blair Atholl with the Community Council

Bridge of Allan with the Friends of Bridge of Allan

Bridge of Orchy with the West Highland Way Sleeper

Broughty Ferry with Broughty Ferry Community Council and Rotary Club


Burnside with Burnside in Bloom

Burntisland with Floral Action Burntisland

Busby with East Renfrewshire schools and Instant Impact Gardens

Cambuslang with Cambuslang Rotary Club

Cardenden with the Rotary Club of Cowdenbeath

Cardonald with In-Work Ltd.


Carfin with Newarthill Youth Group

Carluke with the Carluke Business Development Trust

Carmyle with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Carnoustie with the Carnoustie Community Council

Carntyne with NHS Restart

Carrbridge with the Friends of Carrbridge Station


Cartsdyke with In Work Ltd

Cathcart with Bloom and Treats

Clarkston with the Busby & Clarkston Gardening Club

Coatbridge Central with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Coatbridge Sunnyside with NHS Lanarkshire in collaboration with Glenboig Neighbourhood House

Connel Ferry with Carr Gomm

Corpach with Corpach in Colour

Cowdenbeath with the Rotary Club

Craigendoran with Helensburgh and Lomond Artisans Association

Crianlarich with the Station Tearoom

Crookston with Friends of Rosshall Park and Gardens

Crosshill with South Seeds

Crossmyloof with Shawlands Academy

Croy with Kelvin Valley Honey

Cumbernauld with Carbrain & Hillcrest Community Council

Cupar with Cupar in Bloom

Curriehill with the Redhall Walled Garden

Dalgety Bay with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club

Dalmally with HeartfeltbyLiz


Dalry with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group 

Dalwhinnie with the Dalwhinnie Community Council

Dingwall with the Station Cafe

Drem with the Merry Hatton Garden Centre on behalf of Gullane Community Council

Drumchapel with In Work Ltd

Duke Street with Golfhill Primary

Dumbarton Central with The Coffee Station

Dumfries with Incredible Edible and the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Dunblane with the Dunblane Development Trust

Dundee with the six Dundee Rotary Clubs

Dunfermline Town with Dunfermline Delivers and Round Table

Dunfermline Queen Margaret with Lynebank Hospital

Dunkeld & Birnam 

Dunlop with Dunlop Community Council

Dyce with Dyce in Bloom

East Kilbride with South Lanarkshire College

Easterhouse with Swinton Primary School

Edinburgh Park with Rotary Club of Edinburgh

Elgin with the Rotary Club of Elgin

Exhibition Centre with Charing Cross Rotary

Fairlie with Organic Growers of Fairlie

Falkirk Grahamston with the Falkirk Rotary Club

Falkirk High with the Falkirk Rotary Club

Falls of Cruachan


Forres with Forres in Bloom

Fort Matilda with In Work Ltd

Garelochhead with the Helensburgh and Lomond Artisans Association

Garrowhill with the Garrowhill Community Council

Gartcosh with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Garve with the Garve Community Council


Girvan with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Gleneagles with the Gleneagles Hotel

Glenfinnan with the Glenfinnan Station Museum

Glengarnock with In-Work Ltd.

Glenrothes with Thornton, with Thornton Green Fingers 


Gourock with In Work Ltd.

Greenock Central with In Work Ltd.

Greenock West with Bica Catering

Gretna Green the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Hairmyres with Crosshouse Primary School

Hamilton Central with Hamilton Grammar School

Hamilton West with Beckford Lodge

Helensburgh Central with the Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society

Helensburgh Upper with Sparkle Gift Company

Helmsdale with the Helmsdale Station Community Interest Company

Hillington East with In-Work Ltd.

Hillington West with In-Work Ltd.

Holytown with Brannock High School and Tannock High School

Howwood with Howwood Wildlife and Woodlands

Huntly with Huntly Development Trust

Hyndland with Cancer Support Scotland

Insch with The Insch Museum

Invergordon with Invergordon Off the Wall

Invergowrie with the six Dundee Rotary Clubs

Inverkeithing with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club

Inverkip with In Work Ltd.

Inverness with Culloden Rotary

Inverurie with Watsons of Inverurie

Irvine with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group


Jordanhill with Westbourne Gardens Nursery

Keith with Fife Keith Action Group

Kennishead with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group

Kilmarnock with Hurlford Gardening Club

Kilmaurs with the Kilmaurs Community Council

Kilwinning with Hazeldene Resource Centre

Kinghorn with the Kinghorn Studio and Art Gallery

Kingsknowe with the Redhall Walled Garden

Kingussie with the Friends of Kingussie Station

Kirkcaldy with Kirkcaldy Rotary Club

Kirkconnel with the with the 1st Kelloholm Guides


Kirkwood with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Ladybank with the Ladybank Development Trust

Lairg with HITRANS

Lanark with Lanark in Bloom

Langbank with In Work Ltd.

Larbert with the Vale of Carron Rotary Club

Largs with The Friends of Largs Station

Larkhall with Machanhill Primary School with Goulding's Garden Centre

Laurencekirk with Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living 

Lenzie with Lenzie Community Council

Leuchars with AM-PM Taxis

Linlithgow with Linlithgow Burgh Beautiful

Loch Awe

Lochgelly with BRAG Enterprises


Lockerbie with Lockerbie in Bloom

Longniddry with the Longniddry Community Council

Mallaig with the Lochaber Horticultural Association

Markinch with the Markinch Community Council

Maryhill with NHS Restart

Maxwell Park with Pollokshields Heritage

Maybole with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Merryton with Glengowan School and Goulding's Garden Centre

Milliken Park with In-Work Ltd

Milngavie with Milngavie in Bloom

Monifieth with the Rotary Club of Monifieth



Mount Vernon with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Muirend with East Renfrewshire schools and Instant Impact Gardens

Muir of Ord with the Tarradale Community Association

Musselburgh with the Rotary Club of Musselburgh

Motherwell with the Greenlink Project

Neilston with the Neilston Development Trust

New Cumnock 

Newcraighall with the Rotary Club of Portobello

Newton with In Work Ltd.

Newton-on-Ayr with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group

Newtonmore with the Newtonmore and Vicinity Community Council

Nitshill with Urban Roots

North Berwick with North Berwick in Bloom

North Queensferry with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club

Oban with Carr Gomm

Paisley Gilmour Street with In-Work Ltd.

Paisley St James with In Work Ltd

Perth Station Gardening Club

Pitlochry with Pitlochry in Bloom

Plockton with Off the Rails

Pollokshaws East with Locavore

Pollokshaws West with South West Community Cycles

Pollokshields East with The Hidden Gardens

Pollokshields West with Locavore

Port Glasgow with In Work Ltd.

Portlethen with Portlethen Primary School

Prestonpans with Longniddry Rotary

Prestwick Town with Handsel Village.

Priesthill & Darnley with SW Community Cycles

Queens Park with In Work Ltd.

Rannoch with the Station Tearoom

Renton with Strathleven Artizans

Rogart with Sleeperzzz

Rosyth with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club

Roy Bridge 

Rutherglen with Langside College

Saltcoats with South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group

Sanquhar with the Brighten Up Sanquhar Group

Shawlands with In Work Ltd.

Shettleston with the Shettleston Community Growing Project

Shotts with Shape Up Shotts

Slateford with the Redhall Walled Garden

South Gyle with the Rotary Club of Corstorphine

Spean Bridge 

Stepps with the Stepps Gardening Club

Stevenston with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group 

Stewarton with Handsel Village

Stirling with the Rotary Club of Stirling

Stonehaven with Deeside Timberframes and the Stonehaven Horizon Group

Stranraer with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group


Summerston with NHS Restart

Tain with the Tain Environmental Improvement Group

Taynuilt with the Taynuilt Community Council

Thurso with the Thurso Community Council

Troon with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Tulloch with The Station Lodge

Tyndrum Lower

Uddingston with Uddingston Pride

Uphall with Livingston Rotary

Upper Tyndrum

Wemyss Bay with the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station

West Calder

West Kilbride

Wester Hailes with the Redhall Walled Garden

Westerton with Westerton Primary School

Whifflet with the Wise Wellbeing Project

Whitecraigs with Clear Mountain

Wick with Wick Hanging Baskets Committee

Williamwood with East Renfrewshire schools and Instant Impact Gardens

Wishaw with NHS Lanarkshire


Adopter Recognition
In 2013, the Best Large Volunteer Project at the Community Rail Awards was presented to Louis Wall, whose South-West Rail Adopters Group now covers 21 stations. Louis, whose award now hangs at Irvine station, was also recognised for planting lemon eucalyptus which drove the midges out of the shelter at Barrhill.

Another Community Rail Awards winner was the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station. Their tiered planters restored this iconic location to its Edwardian glory and helped to win them best station adopter group at the 2010 awards. Notable award-winners at Beautiful Scotland or Britain in Bloom, with commendations for their station, included North Berwick in Bloom, Uddingston Pride and Pitlochry in Bloom, while Keep Scotland Beautiful tidy stations assessment for ScotRail gave top place to a solo adopter - Peter McKinley at Whitecraigs.

Helensburgh Central became the 50th station to be ‘adopted’ in October 2007. Since then, it has gone on to win a number of awards for the gardens and hanging baskets in and around the station.

"The way in which Adopt a Station has got local people involved and given volunteers a real purpose is also a good thing."

Darrel Hendrie, driver instructor based at Glasgow

Safety arrangements

While youíre on our premises, our concern is your safety ñ and that of our passengers and staff. We therefore ask you to follow a few simple rules.

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Your contact will be with our local Station Team Manager, who will brief you on site prior to the commencement of the planting season. During the meeting to discuss the intended work the Station Team Manager will consider all aspects of rail safety including whether this will affect the sighting of signalling equipment, CIS monitors, and restricted widths of platforms and access routes, Thereafter all of the work that you do must be on the basis agreed with them, ie by named individuals, on specified days, at specified times, for the agreed range of activities. The Station Team Manager and ScotRail staff may make unannounced visits while work is taking place, and for your safety and the safety of others their instructions must be obeyed at all times.

At staffed stations all visitors must report to the station staff for briefing, and should sign in and out of the station individually. The staff are in charge of the location and you must always obey their instructions. If for any reason there are no staff present then the requirements for “unstaffed stations” apply.

At unstaffed stations the Station Team Manager will provide a copy of the local station emergency arrangements. Many stations now have on-line CCTV monitored from our Customer Services Centres at Paisley and Dunfermline. You should advise of your presence, as well as advising when you leave the premises to the CCTV operator using the nearest Help Point.

General Safety Arrangements

You must arrive and leave the station by the normal public access routes.

High visibility clothing must be worn at all times when on First ScotRail stations.

Work sites must be protected by barriers of suitably approved material to prohibit access to site from other station users


Overhead electrified line equipment will cause death if touched. Where the line is electrified, you or any tools and equipment must not come within 3 metres of the overhead line equipment. These requirements will be fully explained during the safety briefing.

You should not work or place tools and equipment within 2 metres of the platform edge. At stations where high speed trains pass this must be increased to 2.5 metres of the edge (you will be advised if the increased requirement applies during the safety briefing with the Station Team Manager).

Hard hats or bumps caps must be worn when working under footbridges or other structures less than 2m in height. Safety glasses/ goggles must be worn when working above head height and if risk of splashing exists. Safety footwear must be worn at all times. Safety gloves must be worn at all times [these should thickness durability also provide protection against needles and syringe injuries].

Hoses or pressure washers must NOT be used, and water should be carried in an appropriate container. Any spillages must be cleaned up immediately.

No debris must be allowed to accumulate on platforms or access routes. This must be removed from the site at the end of each working day. Safe access for other station users should be maintained at all times.

Any work at height which requires the use of ladders or other access equipment will require location specific approval by our Facilities Department/Safety Section. If approval is giving then this equipment must be certified as fit for use six monthly. Companies which can certify this equipment include

Any work which requires powered equipment e.g. strimmers, cultivators, hedge trimmers, etc will require location specific approval by our Facilities Department/Safety Section. Equipment must be certified as fit for use by an approved maintenance contractor. Equipment users must have a current operators certificate.

Any proposed work which requires to be carried out on embankments or gradients must be discussed and agreed by our Facilities Department.

The use of chemicals, pesticides, petrol/diesel fuel must be strictly controlled and is subject to approval by ScotRail following provision of appropriate COSHH assessments/method statements.

Before authority is given for minors or people with special needs to work at locations ScotRail will require a comprehensive method statement detailing the control measures which will ensure the safety and supervision of individuals.

ScotRail suggests that individuals have had basic Manual Handling instruction.

Adopters or potential adopters are liable to pay any applicable local authority rates, heat and light, as well as all legal and professional fees which might be incurred as a result of their interest in our property. To find out more, you can download and print out a form here. Once completed, please return it to John Yellowlees, ScotRailís External Relations Manager at or by post to:

John Yellowlees
First ScotRail
Atrium Court
50 Waterloo Street
G2 6HQ
(T 0141-335 4787 or F 0141-335 4791)