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Adopt a station

We have a scheme called Adopt A Station that finds community or start-up uses for vacant accommodation at our stations.

It’s been a great success, and so far our successful 'adopters' include Pitlochry Station Bookshop; the Clyde Model Railway Club at Lanark; rse@arbroath and Arbroath Abbey Timethemes; a community meeting room at Maxwell Park (Pollokshields Heritage); the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station (bookshop and gallery); the Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association's shop at Girvan and the East Ayrshire Toy Library at Kilmarnock.

Unfortunately we don't have funds to support making any spaces habitable - our contribution is to offer the accommodation rent free. Adopters or potential adopters are liable to pay any applicable local authority rates, heat and light in addition to all legal and professional fees which might be incurred by them as a result of their interest in our property. To find out more, you can download and print out the form below. Once completed, please return it to John Yellowlees, ScotRail 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).

Download your application form here.



Gardening on stations

Nearly two hundred stations have been adopted by volunteer gardeners – who have helped us to add seasonal colour and vibrancy.

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

Aberdeen with Aberdeen in Bloom

Airdrie with Airdrie Rotary Club

Alexandra Parade with NHS Glasgow

Alloa with Alloa Rotary Club

Alness with Alness in Bloom


Arbroath with Angus College

Ardgay with the Community Council


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 Well project 

Banavie with Caol in Bloom


Barrhead with Barrhead High School

Barrhill with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Bathgate with Enterprising Bathgate


Beasdale with Urban Roots

Bishopton with Bishopton Community Council

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

Carnoustie with the Carnoustie Community Council

Carntyne with NHS Glasgow

Carrbridge with the Friends of Carrbridge Station

Carstairs with Carstairs Junction Community Association

Cartsdyke with In Work Ltd.

Clarkston with the Busby & Clarkston Gardening Club

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

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

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

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 Queen Margaret with Lynebank Hospital

Dunkeld & Birnam with the Scottish Wildlife Trust

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

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

Garve with the Garve Community Council


Girvan with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group

Glenboig Neighbourhood House

Gleneagles with the Gleneagles Hotel

Glenfinnan with the Glenfinnan Station Museum

Glengarnock with In-Work Ltd.

Glenrothes with Thornton, with Thornton Green Fingers 

Golspie with HITRANS

Gourock with In Work Ltd.

Greenock Central with In Work Ltd.

Greenock West with Bica Catering

Gretna Green with the Gretna Green Community Council and 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 the Friends of the West Highland Lines

Helmsdale with the Helmsdale Station Community Interest Company

Hillington East with In-Work Ltd.

Hillington West with In-Work Ltd.

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.

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

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

Kirkcaldy with Kirkcaldy Rotary Club

Kirkconnel with the with the 1st Kelloholm Guides


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

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

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



Muir of Ord with the Tarradale Community Association

Musselburgh with the Rotary Club of Musselburgh

Neilston with the Neilston Development Trust

New Cumnock 

Newcraighall with the Rotary Club of Portobello

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

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

Queens Park with Great Gardens

Rannoch with the Station Tearoom

Renton with Strathleven Artizans

Rogart with Sleeperzzz

Rosyth with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Edinburgh

Roy Bridge with the Glen Spean and Great Glen Marketing Group

Rutherglen with Langside College

Saltcoats with Boulevard Cafe

Sanquhar with the Brighten Up Sanquhar Group

Shawlands with Great Gardens

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 with the Glen Spean and Great Glen Marketing Group

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


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


Wick with Wick Hanging Baskets Committee

We welcome the involvement of local communities in helping us to cultivate flowers and shrubs on our stations. If you’d like to get involved, why not read the information below and then make an application?

Exhibition Centre adopted station

Safety arrangements

While you’re on our premises, our concern is for your safety – and that of our passengers and staff. So we must ask you to abide by 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.

Making your proposal

Please ensure you have read the safety arrangements first, then either print out the form, complete the details and return it to this address:

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

Or download your application form here.