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Girl guiding Scotland project brings fresh new look to Millenium Milepost at Dingwall railway station


By John Davidson

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Milepost at Dingwall railway station – before its fresh lick of paint.
Milepost at Dingwall railway station – before its fresh lick of paint.
Milepost at Dingwall railway station – after Laura White painted the Ross-shire landmark.
Milepost at Dingwall railway station – after Laura White painted the Ross-shire landmark.

Girl Guides in Scotland have helped to create a new look for a Dingwall landmark.

Staff from sustainable transport charity Sustrans were in the area to spruce up the Millenium Milepost at the county town's railway station.

Guides had been learning about the mileposts, which act as signage on the National Cycle Network, as part of a Wander the World project last year.

They were encouraged to come up with designs for posts that needed some TLC after a recent audit by the charity.

The Dingwall milepost was painted by Laura White, network engagement coordinator (volunteering) at Sustrans Scotland, with lots of passers-by and Sustrans supporters stopping for a chat and complimenting the design.

All of the winning designers have been invited to travel to visit their posts, and told which route the milepost lies on, and which places it connects. The Dingwall milepost is on route 1, which connects Dover to Shetland.

Ms White said: “There are over 1000 Mileposts across all corners of the UK, and they have become much-loved local landmarks.

“Art is so important in helping communities make their local walking, wheeling and cycling routes more interesting and inclusive places to be for everyone.

“In Scotland, Sustrans are working with our amazing volunteers, community groups, schools and other organisations to revamp mileposts across the National Cycle Network, bringing to life designs celebrating local heritage and the beauty of Scotland’s routes.

“Young people from Girl Guiding Scotland created a selection of stunning new designs for five mileposts as part of their Wander the World celebration.

“The activity inspired the young people to learn more about getting active along the National Cycle Network and how this can help in the fight against climate change.

“They brought incredible levels of enthusiasm and creativity which have shone through in the final designs.

“The spectacular new looks have really brightened up the Millennium Mileposts. We hope that they inspire even more people to learn more about the National Cycle Network and get active along their local walking, wheeling and cycling routes.”


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