What a difference a year makes - that’s the time it’s taken village volunteers to tranform a dilapidated former train station.
The project to clean up the station in Milton of Campsie started in February 2014 and, 12 months later, it’s become the heart of the village.
Work has included clearing the area of rubbish accumulated over years of neglect, repointing walls, planting borders, relaying slabs, adding benches, installing fences and adding replica station signs.
Along the way there’s been help from a whole range of local groups and organisations, including East Dunbartonshire Council, Milton of Campsie Community Council, local politicians, churches, Craighead Primary, Sustrans, Back on Track Bike repairs, Glen Art, Breathing Space, Kelvin Valley Turf, Maxi, Chem Cem, Baseline Contracts, Macrete, JBS Plant Hire, HSS Plant Hire and the Village Bakers.
A spokesperson said: “Over 150 villagers have been involved in the project with volunteers travelling from as far as Falkirk and Glasgow. Thank you to all of them - from three to 90 years old.”
And there’s plenty of plans for the future, including further improvement days on the first Saturday of every month and a possible French music concert to celebrate the village’s connection with our Gallic cousins.
Then, on Sunday, June 21, Back on Track Bike Repairs and Sustrans will be at the station providing free bike check-ups.
Sunday, June 21, from 12-5pm will see the most ambitious event yet.
Called ‘Creation at the Station’ it will feature a whole day of fun, live music, food and family games at the station and nearby Beechtree Park
There will also be the first ever Milton of Campsie bogey (kart) race - organised by villager Arthur Reid.
Other possible events currently being considered include a farmers market, a small train to carry children to and from the station, a duck race along the Glazert and a hot air balloon to mark Milton of Campsie’s association with world famous 18th century balloonist Vincenzo Lundardi.
Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.