Once the lifelines of local community, the growth of the mobile phone industry has inevitably meant phone box usage has dropped dramatically, and nearly half of the phone boxes in the UK have been removed. However, rather than lose their local landmark, many communities have opted to give them a new lease of life by “adopting” them from BT.
In fact, since the Adopt a Kiosk scheme was launched in 2008, more than 3500 communities across the country – including 155 in Scotland – have seized the opportunity to do something wonderful with local red phone boxes that had little or no usage.
You can read about some of the adopted phone boxes in Courier Country in today’s Courier Weekend Magazine and at
Here’s a selection of phone boxes across the UK with a whole new lease of life thanks to their caring communities and some innovative and downright wacky ideas…