Started in 2011 by retired gardener and lifelong rail enthusiast Louis Wall, SWRAGG was a group of budding volunteer gardeners with a common objective: to bring colour, cheer and character back to our stations and brighten the journeys of all those who pass through them.
Thank you for your interest in the South West Railway Adopters Gardening Group (SWRAGG). After eight long years, Louis has finally put down his trowel and stepped down from the group for health reasons. The group no longer exists and these pages remain for reference only. If you're interested in volunteering at a station garden, please click here.
This mainly rural part of Scotland was particularly hard hit by railway closures in the 1960s and we wanted to make the most of the stations we have. Louis’s grand vision was made possible only by the dedication and graft of volunteers, generous sponsorship and public donations, and the kind words of appreciation and encouragement that kept Louis and his team steaming ahead for eight years.
It's Your Neighbourhood (Outstanding), Beautiful Scotland/RHS, 2019
It's Your Station (Silver) (Dumfries), ACoRP, 2018
Gardener of the Year, Gardening Scotland, 2018
Civic Champion, Scottish Civic Trust, 2016
Best Community Initiative, Streets Ahead, 2016
Environmental Champion, D&G Life, 2014
Best Volunteer Contribution (2nd), ACoRP, 2014
Best Station Volunteers' Project (1st), ACoRP, 2013
Passengers Matter Award, ACoRP, 2013
Best Scottish Station (Irvine), ScotRail, 2012
As featured in
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2)
The Beechgrove Garden (BBC2 Scotland)
BBC Reporting Scotland
BBC Radio Scotland
ITV Border Scotland
Dumfries & Galloway Life
Scottish Daily Mail