ScotRail train

ScotRail win prestigious environmental awards

ScotRail has been awarded for its commitment to tackling climate change and improving the environment with two Green Apple Awards.

During the awards ceremony ScotRail picked up a Scottish Gold Green Apple award and a National Green Champion (Champion of Champions) prize.

The Gold Green Apple recognises ScotRail’s work in biodiversity.

ScotRail’s work to protect habitats and support of charities was recognised with the National Green Champion prize.

ScotRail has offered learning and development opportunities to school children, the long term unemployed and vulnerable individuals through its Biodiversity Fund.

The biodiversity enhancement programme has:

  • Invested £40,000 annually supporting Scottish organisations and charities.
  • Engaged with and upskilled 188 volunteers and dedicated 752 volunteer hours on ScotRail biodiversity projects.
  • Engaged with schools in deprived areas promoting biodiversity learning and providing travel facilities to 328 school children and 191 adults.
  • Provided financial support to Sunnyside Primary in Glasgow’s Craigend helping them deliver their award winning #NaeStrawAtAw campaign to reduce single use plastics.
  • Supported biodiversity improvement projects at four depots and 32 stations covering the whole of Scotland
  • Funded peat bog restoration at Forsinard Flows in Caithness one of the largest raised bogs in Europe and an important carbon sink.

ScotRail works closely with biodiversity groups such as RSPB and The Conservation Volunteers group (TCV) to meet its biodiversity targets.

Planters and green spaces at ScotRail stations are maintained by Station adopters who carry out gardening activities.

A part of derelict land at Perth station has been developed into an award-winning biodiversity garden.

ScotRail emphasised how proud they are to receive the biodiversity awards.

Nicole Tyson, ScotRail Sustainability Manager said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition of the important work we are doing to support biodiversity improvement throughout Scotland.

“The project has grown from a few stations, to many of our depots and projects outside of our own portfolio.

“We will continue to develop current projects.

“The example of partnership working at Perth Station Garden will be followed to encourage staff and community engagement at other locations.”



Delivering High Speed Two

Our October/November 2021 edition of RTM is packed with insights and visions for a future UK railway which is safe, efficient, and resilient. We delve into the restoration works at Bristol Temple Meads station with Maxine Prydderch, learn from Orlando De Leon about an innovative new piece of technology, and explore with HS2 Ltd’s Director of Stations & Systems, Chris Rayner, some of the successes already seen on HS2. That and so much more is available within the digital pages of our latest edition, so jump in and explore…




View all videos
Regional Investment

RTM365 Online Festival

Regional Investment
9 December 21

The rail industry is undergoing a once-in-a-generation transformation with railways about to undergo the most significant transformation in 25 years.

We will be able to provide a more dependable and well-connected passenger first railway as a result of the network improvement. But what does this entail for individual locations in terms of investment?

On the 9th December, RTM365 will bring together leaders from each of the UK regions at our next instalment of virtual events to get the answer to these questions and learn more about regional rail investment, major projects and the effect of the upcoming Great British Rail transition.


The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

More articles...

View all