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
Cambuslang with Cambuslang Rotary Club
Cardenden with the Rotary Club of Cowdenbeath
Cardonald with In-Work Ltd.
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 Hermitage Academy
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.
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
Lochgelly with BRAG Enterprises
Lochwinnoch with the Community Council
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
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 the Station Cafe
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
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
Stepps with the Stepps Gardening Club
Stevenston with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group
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
Uddingston with Uddingston Pride
Uphall with Livingston Rotary
Wemyss Bay with the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station
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
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
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 http://www.clowgroup.co.uk/. 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 email@example.com or by post to:
50 Waterloo Street
(T 0141-335 4787 or F 0141-335 4791)