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

Hands Up Scotland school travel survey 2018

The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.

The 2018 survey will take place from Monday 10 until Friday 14 September with schools selecting one day to carry out the survey.

Each September, schools across Scotland complete the survey in class by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’. Local authority officers distribute the survey to schools and return pupil responses to Sustrans for collation, analysis and reporting.

Over the past few years the number of schools in Glasgow participating in the survey has been decreasing despite more schools across Scotland participating. Similarly the number of pupils being driven to school has been increasing in Glasgow despite low levels of car ownership.

The results provide a valuable annual snapshot of school travel and are used by Sustrans, Transport Scotland and other groups to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel over time, and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives.

For more information about the Hands Up Scotland survey please visit the Sustrans website where you can also download all the information for the 2018 survey. You can see the headline results from 2017 below.

The project is funded by Transport Scotland and is a joint survey between Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities

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Victoria Park flower bed update

The following report is from Friends of Victoria Park

Friends of Victoria Park requested a meeting at the beginning of June to discuss the City Council’s plans to grass over 28 of the magnificent formal flower beds. The meeting finally took place on Monday 20 August at The Whiteinch Centre.

Officers from the Council’s Land and Environmental Services explained that the plan to grass over 28 of the 59 beds was due to lack of operational resources – staffing and materials. They explained that the Council has been reducing flowerbeds across the city – a cut of almost 80% in the past decade. For  the most part there have been no protests like the one held in Victoria Park on 28 June.

The officers acknowledged that the formal Victorian Gardens in the park which are listed by Historic Environment Scotland as a designated landscape are unique but argued that this can’t be used as argument to continue planting.

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Critical Mass bike ride

The next Critical Mass Glasgow bike ride will take place on Friday 27 July – meet at 630pm in George Square.

Critical Mass is a leaderless ride, free and open to all, where cyclists take to the city centre streets to promote cycling as the best means of urban transport. It happens in many cities around the world. Glasgow get on yer bikes!

Check out the Facebook event listing for more info