Cumbernauld’s New Generation – Tram Stop

Cumbernauld Tram Stop
Credit: Tommy Quinn
Credit: Morven Maciver
Credit: Morven Maciver
Garden Festival 'zone'


Sponsor, if appropriate

Cumbernauld Development Corporation

Type of object

Pavilion, building or other structure

Current situation



Cumbernauld's 'New Generation' garden was centred around this tram stop. After the Garden Festival, elements of the 'New Generation' garden - including the floating tap and giant garden fork and trowel - were relocated to the Dobbie's (now Caulders) garden centre overlooking the M80. Winner of the Best Tramstop Prize, awarded by the orgnisers to the best of the five trams stops sponsored by each of Scotland's New Towns. Source: Cumbernauld Development Corporation, Annual Report, 1989


  1. Valerie Wright says:

    Came across this in the CDC Annual Reports and thought you might find it useful.

    Cumbernauld Development Corporation, Annual Report, 1989

    ‘We were pleased to participate in the Glasgow Garden Festival, where Cumbernauld’s New Generation Tramstop was one of the most popular exhibits. The giant tap, fork and trowel must certainly feature in the snapshots of many Festival visitors. The success of the exhibit was also recognised by the Organisers who awarded Cumbernauld a large gold medal, plus the coveted Best Tramstop Prize for which Scotland’s five New Towns competed.

    The New Generation Garden is not to be forgotten. It will he reconstructed at the new Dobbies Garden Centre at Westerwood for
    residents and visitors to continue to enjoy and its highly visible site on the edge of the A80 will make it a landmark for passing motorists.’

    No image – but will see if I come across anything in the course of research for the project

    Best wishes,


    1. Huge thanks, Valerie – it would appear that your information finally clarifies the relationship between the Floating Tap, the Giant Fork and Trowel, Cumbernauld Tram Stop and the garden centre! Just the kind of information we’re looking for.

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