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Friends of Elder Park are 10!

FOEP has hit double digits. At the ripe old age of 10, this year will be one of celebration & contemplation. We want to celebrate the last 10 years, and are thinking about what kinds of fun community event(s) might mark this. We will also have to carefully consider the future, and what the community can do when faced with the cuts in maintenance the park has already experienced, and will continue to face in the coming year(s). In short, austerity is really bad for parks….

Now more than ever, FOEP needs an influx of ideas and energy to try and highlight, to the Council and beyond, how completely crucial parks are to communities. How can we -as a community- make this happen?

If you are an organisation or a group in Govan, what can you do to promote the use of the space for Community celebration, integration, and health? Perhaps FOEP could support you in that?

If you are a parent or teacher, how can the Schools encourage positive use/  care of the park in their students? There are examples of this taking place already, but Elder Park will always benefit from more. We’d love to have discussions about this.

If you are a resident, would you like to get together with other people and think about how YOUR park can be of best use to the people who live in Govan. Can we clean-up more, can we have more activities, can we have more events? What do you think, and what can you do?

That’s what it comes down to.  What can we each offer to our community?

We’ll be holding our AGM this coming Monday in Elder Park Library – All details are HERE. It’s a good place to start sharing ideas and thinking about all of this.

We really, really hope to see you there.

 

 

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AGM – Mon 5th Feb, 6pm

ALL are welcome to come along to Friends of Elder Park’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) on Monday 5th February 2018, 6 -7.45pm, in Elder Park Library.
We’ll be in the library from around 5.30 so feel free to head in and grab a cuppa, and a chat before the AGM commences at 6pm.
Please share this event with anyone who would be interested in taking up free membership with Friends of Elder Park, and contributing to the protection and development of our shared green space.
As ever, we very much welcome the addition of new members on the committee so please consider this before you come along. You can read a little about what this entails HERE.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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‘Meadow in the Making’ morning – Weds 1st Nov, 10 – 12

The new wildflower meadow in Elder Park has been left to grow long and is now ready to plant with wildflowers. Govan Initiative is working with the Council’s Countryside Rangers and Conservation Team to plant the first phase of wildflowers. If you are available, come along to this Meadow in the Making morning on Wednesday 1st November 10 – 12, to help plant wildflowers and find out more.

The flowers will add a splash of colour and help important pollinators like bumblebees and butterflies. There will be some games, arts & crafts and refreshments.

Please spread the word about this event, and keep your eye out for more to follow!

 

 

We want YOUR pics of the park! *Photo competition!!*

Our thanks to exceptional local photographer Jean Pierre Saint-Martin for capturing these fabulous photos from Communi-T in the Park last Saturday. You can see a lot more on our flickr page HERE.

We can never have enough fabulous photos of Elder Park though – so we’re offering a £15 Braehead Voucher to the winner of our Elder Park Photo competition! Share your best pics of the park with us on facebook or twitter, and you could be in with the chance of winning that prize! You’ve only got until the 31st of October – so get snapping!

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COMMUNI-T IN THE PARK 14/10/17

Friends of Elder Park are proud to present an afternoon of fabulous FREE family fun featuring:

* a main stage with superb local live bands and DJ’s
* a karaoke tent
* an amazing African drumming tent
* fabulous face painters
* free food and refreshment stalls
* craft and activity stalls
* and plenty more to be announced SOON……

We’ll see you there! Make sure you keep up to date with upcoming announcements and competitions on the facebook event page.

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Community in the Park 2017 – Get involved!!

Last year we worked with Elder Park Housing Association, Aberlour Youth Point, and Glasgow Sport  to bring together a family fun & music event in Elder Park. Community in the Park celebrated the diversity, creativity, and general fabulousness that is Govan! We were funded to deliver this by Glasgow City Council.

We’re looking forward to holding this event again on September 23rd  October 14th 2017, and we’d love to get YOU involved! Please get in touch if you;

  • have any ideas about what sort of activities we could offer at this event
  • would like to get involved in planning or running the event
  • are a local performer – musician, poet, dancer…. football tricks…what’s your skill?
  • are part of a local group or organisation who would like to contribute an activity to a completely free community event

Friends of Elder Park are coordinating this event on an entirely voluntary basis – but if we can source funding to support other groups and individuals within the community to get involved then we’d love to! So if your idea would need a little bit of financial support to make it possible then please let us know. Equally, if there’s something you can offer for free – whether that’s your time,  talent, or…. a gazebo…then we certainly wouldn’t say no! We just want to make sure this is a fantastic, fun, and completely free event for the people of Govan!

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity 10k & Fun Day – Saturday 2nd September

 

Join Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity on Saturday 2nd September for a fun, family day out at their 10k Walk and Fun Day!
Departing from Elder Park  – just a stones throw away from the Royal Hospital for Children, their 10k is suitable for all ages and abilities. With a wheelchair and buggy friendly route, everyone can get involved! Register here!

A meadow for Elder Park?

RSPB recently got in touch with some exciting news regarding potential work on an area of Elder Park.

Over recent years RSPB have worked with FOEP to develop House Sparrow meadows and perennial wildflower meadows. In recent years these birds were in decline in the UK, so we wanted to help make Elder Park a haven for House Sparrows by developing  these plots  You can see some photos of young govanites getting involved in this here. This year RSPB are working with Pirie Park primary, their New House Sparrow Ambassador School, so we’re very pleased about that.

Whilst they were on-site, the idea was put forward that the whole area of grassland (the wider highlighted area next to Garmouth St on the map below) could be turned into a meadow. To do this however, the grass would have to be turned by a large rake-like machine called a stone-burrier. This would disturb the grass and turn the turfs to allow successful wildflower seeding and plug planting. So in theory, their house sparrow plots would sit like little islands, in a larger colourful sea of wildflower (HS plots highlighted with the diamond pattern on the map)

RSPB feel that it could be a great biodiversity enhancement to the park, but in the interim it would look pretty scruffy until the seed grew in. What do you think? Do you feel strongly about this either way? Would you like to be involved in seeding a new meadow if this happened? Let us know by leaving a message via the contact form below.

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