Gartcosh - Off the Rails

Northern Corridor Community Volunteers

Our project aims to replace the suburban planting scheme at the North Platform of our local station with native shrubs, small trees , wildflowers and plants that complement the rural location and increase biodiversity.

Visitor Information

Gartcosh Station
North Lanarkshire
G69 8AA

Currently the bankings between the Car Park and Public walkway at Gartcosh Station are planted with a monoculture of Common Dogwood which supports little biodiversity and creates a floor level dead zone that traps windblown litter. The station is open to the public at all times but if you would like someone to come and talk to you during your visit please get in touch.

Get involved

Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

Our next event will be weeding and installing some upcycled artwork and signage - Sunday 1st September

Get in touch

Contact information

[email protected] 07905909797

Photos of the site

Claustrophobic monoculture of dog

Friday, December 28, 2018

Getting Stuck in with Billhooks

Sunday, March 24, 2019

after task 1

Sunday, March 24, 2019

More Dogwood Clearance

Saturday, April 13, 2019

very hot volunteers cooling down

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hazel trees planted

Friday, April 19, 2019

Fantastic Berry Shrubs

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Planting the Wildflowers

Monday, April 22, 2019

more planting in the sun

Monday, April 22, 2019

halfway through

Monday, April 22, 2019

getting as far as we can just now

Monday, April 22, 2019

half of the dogwood cuttings gone

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

site finally clear

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

ox eye daisies planted

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The next bed getting cleared

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bit of thinning out- hello banner

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
Moved some self seeded alder and thinned down the Rose Bay Willowherb that had seeded in the plot. 14/08/2019 - 11:00 4 Mostly adults 25+
More dogwood removed 17/07/2019 - 10:30 6 Mostly adults 25+
Removed a huge amount of dogwood - planted more wildflowers and trees, weeded a bit 16/07/2019 - 10:30 8 Mostly adults 25+
Removed a huge amount of dogwood - planted more wildflowers and trees, weeded a bit 16/07/2019 - 10:30 8 Mostly adults 25+
We held a signage planning workshop - where we talked about content for the signs and what design we should use 26/06/2019 - 18:30 7 Mixed ages
We held a workshop on growing cuttings using Forsythe Pots - we provided attendees with all materials and cuttings 29/05/2019 - 18:30 25 Mixed ages
We planted out lots more berry bushes and some more primrose - we watered the plamts and dug holes for the remaining trees 11/05/2019 - 15:00 3 Mixed ages
We moved the dogwood cuttings by hand to a new area to dry out in order that we could hold a planting and seed sowing event 01/05/2019 - 11:00 6 Mostly adults 25+
More Watering - back with another 30 Litres to keep these thirsty plants happy 24/04/2019 - 12:15 2 Mostly adults 25+
Watering - Wow who knew it would be so hot and dry 23/04/2019 - 18:15 2 Mostly adults 25+
Adding Wildflowers to make the space amazing - Red and White Campion, Field Scabious, Bugle, Valerian, Herb Bennet, Herb Robert and more 22/04/2019 - 14:00 7 Mixed ages
Planting out native Ligonberry bushes/Blaeberry, Juniper and Broom to add shrub layer to our planting 21/04/2019 - 13:00 3 Mixed ages
Tree Panting - 5 Hazels and 4 Aspen planted - Aspen planted in tree bags to restrict growth 20/04/2019 - 13:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
Ground Clearance Day 2 - Digging out the remaining roots and digging holes for our trees to go into 19/04/2019 - 13:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
Ground Clearance Day 1 - digging out the roots of the dogwood 18/04/2019 - 11:00 4 Mostly adults 25+
Spent a long afternoon cutting back more of the Dogwood 13/04/2019 - 13:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
Held Community Planning meeting looking at the planting plan and getting feedback from attendees 08/04/2019 - 18:00 5 Mostly adults 25+
Had a great chat with Stephanie about how the project is going and a couple of tactics that will help keep us on track 04/04/2019 - 10:45 1 45 – 54 years
We manually took out a huge chunk of the dogwood, plenty still to come out though! 24/03/2019 - 14:00 3 Mostly adults 25+