Action Old Kilpatrick (AOK)
AOK is a fully constituted community group made up of volunteers who aim to improve the appearance of and life in Old Kilpatrick.
Old Kilpatrick is a very special place. Not only does it nestle between the Kilpatrick Hills and the River Clyde, with the canal on the doorstep and Loch Lomond just a short distance away, but it also has a rich cultural place in history as the former site of a Roman fort, and as a riverside location for diverse industries over the centuries. Following a series of public meetings in early 2015, AOK was set up by local residents of Old Kilpatrick who love, and want to protect and support the village.
We have three subgroups: environment, gardening and history & heritage.
AOK Groups and Activities
Our volunteers generally meet every first Saturday of the month to maintain the planting areas, but many do a bit of work whenever and wherever it's needed.
We encourage local people to take part in gardening activities in the village - if you'd like to get involved, just get in touch or speak to us when we're around.
History and Heritage
Raising awareness of the rich history and heritage of Old Kilpatrick is the main focus of this subgroup. Several years ago we carried out a large oral history project, recording stories and memories by interviewing volunteers, many of whom have lived in the village for decades. We produced a book and an audiowalk.
We are also looking into stories of people buried in the local graveyard and commemorated on the war memorial. More information will be available soon.
The Environment subgroup of AOK organises regular litter picks in the Saltings, Lusset Glen and in and around the village. We work with the gardening group to create and maintain planting sites, signage, and play and seating areas.
Join AOK volunteers every first Sunday of the month in the Saltings, and every last Monday of the months in the Lusset Glen. Everyone is welcome and all equipment can be provided. You can even take a pick and bags home to pick litter in other areas.
A committee made up of volunteers oversees the work of the subgroups, secures funding and manages projects and marketing of AOK. We work with the West Dunbartonshire Council, Old Kilpatrick Community Council and other partners to improve the village of Old Kilpatrick.
We have organised several successful events for residents and visitors and we want you to get involved. See our News and Events page for details of any upcoming projects.
Lusset Glen & the Saltings
The Saltings: every first Sunday of the month at 10am.
For both litter picks, volunteers meet at the AOK container on Erskine Ferry Road and all equipment can be provided.
With the support of Scotrail, volunteers from TCV, Greenspace and other local businesses and organisations, we have been looking after all planting sites at the station for a number of years now, and were awarded a Bronze Award in the 'Adopt a Station - Station of the Year' category in the Scotrail in the Community Awards 2019.