Historic flower beds in Victoria Park saved!

The Friends of Victoria Park campaign to save 28 historic flower beds has paid off and the Council has agreed they will be planted with more sustainable alternatives.

The Council had reported that, although their gardeners can no longer plant these beds several times a year with bulbs and annual plants, they offered three alternative options to the campaigners at a recent meeting at The Whiteinch Centre.

Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) and Whiteinch Community Council both agreed on Option 2 which involves planting the beds with hardy ornamental shrubs such as dwarf hydrangeas and miniature rhododendrons – both popular forms of planting in Victorian gardens. The Council estimate this will save them £21,000 a year and cost £2,000 a year to maintain although there will be an initial one off outlay of £16,000. Currently planting the 28 beds costs £23,000 a year.

The Council will continue to plant bulbs and flowers in the 30 remaining flower beds and the Friends has asked that the scheme should be planned so that the shrubs and flower beds complement each other to maintain the high impact of the gardens. Continue reading

Top 3 most annoying things about the school run?

Living Streets is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run.

This comes after research (YouGov 2018) released by the charity for the start of International Walk to School Month (October), reveals that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run – specifically too many cars around school gates (54%); cars parking on the pavements (50%); and too much traffic on the journey (45%).

Living Streets is calling for more local authorities to pilot school road closures – prohibiting cars from the school gates at drop off and pick up times, alongside a series of other measures, to encourage more families to walk to school.

Motor vehicles are the biggest source of air pollution and one in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run. As a result, over 2,000 primary schools in the UK are situated in pollution hot spots, putting pupils’ health at risk.

We will be hosting our second School Run Summit on Tue 2 Oct to discuss these issues in the G11 to G15 postcode areas.

Source: Living Streets

Cycling Extravaganza

The Glasgow Community Cycling Network presents its latest Cycling Extravaganza from 1230-4pm on Saturday 6 October at Firhill Complex, Hopehill Rd, Glasgow G20 7HH

A fun-packed day of cycling events to celebrate the new NextBike station in Maryhill. Learn to ride, brush up on your mechanic skills, have a shot on a funky bike, or go for a spin with your family – we’ve got something for everyone, so come along and have a go! and we will be along delivering FREE Dr Bike checks!

  • Play on Pedals: 1:30 till 3:30pm, balance and pedal bikes provided for your wee ones (most suitable for ages 2-5)
  • Practice area: 12:30 till 4pm, improve your bike skills at the practice area! (most suitable for ages 6+)
  • Learn to ride for adults: 12:30 till 4pm – half an hour 1:1 tuition with an experienced cycle tutor
  • Nextbike ride at 1pm: Try out one of the People Make Glasgow Bikes for a ride on the canal and sign up for an exclusive £3 yearly membership!
  • Family ride at 3pm: Trailers, kid seats and bikes available – Fun ride with your family along the canal (suitable for all ages)
  • Free Wheel North’s Funky Bikes: 12:30 till 4pm (suitable for all ages)
  • Dr Bike: 12:30 till 4pm – Bring your own bike and get a free safety check!

For more details check out the Facebook event page

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October dates for Green Gym

201806_GreenGym_group_photoThe Green Gym is about healthy people and healthy places where volunteers meet up once a week to work together on improving local green spaces around West Glasgow.

The dates and locations for Oct are:

Sessions run from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Tea and coffee are provided and we usually stop for this about 12.30pm. If you need any more information, are unable to attend a session or have any problems locating the meeting point, please contact Margaret at Drumchapel Life on 0141 944 6004 or Peter Kane on 07856 607109

These events are listed on our online community calendar along with lots of other events in the local area and beyond – check out the calendar to see what else is going on!