All posts by isabella1885

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 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.

rspb

 

 

Get YOUR point across about YOUR park!

We received the email below via Glasgow City Council (GCC) Land and Environmental Services looking for people to submit their ideas about parks and green spaces. If you feel like you would like the chance to share your ideas about parks and green spaces in Glasgow – and have a spare 10 minutes –  then please fill in the questionnaire here – https://glasgowsparks.typeform.com/to/eXeyCm

As far as we can tell Pidgin Perfect will be advising the council on strategies based upon your responses. So whilst this probably shouldn’t be considered a GCC consultation, it’s still a chance to get your ideas/ thoughts across.

Over the past year, Pidgin Perfect have been working with Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services to develop a strategy to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for Glasgow’s many beautiful Parks and Greenspaces.

In order to create a strategy that works for all of Glasgow’s park users, Pidgin Perfect are hoping to gather the thoughts, opinions and ideas of as many park users as possible. Below is the link to a short questionnaire with a number of questions about how you would like to see Glasgow’s Parks and Greenspaces develop in the future. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete and all your answers will be anonymised.

Please share this questionnaire with any friends, family or colleagues who you think would also be interested in the future of Glasgow’s Parks and Greenspaces. You can also share it through social media.

AGM Saturday 28th January, 1-3pm

All are welcome to come along to Friends of Elder Park’s AGM on Saturday 28th January, 1-3pm, in Elder Park Library. Come along for a cuppa, and a chance to catch up on what has been happening in Elder Park.
Please share this event with anyone would be interested in taking up free membership with Friends of Elder Park, and contributing to the protection and development of Elder Park.
As ever, we would very much welcome the addition of new members on the committee so please consider this before you come along.
We look forward to seeing you there!

agm-2016-foep-2

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s 10k Sponsored Walk – NEXT SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER.

Take a walk, and raise some cash for some kids who could really benefit from it!

There’s still time to click the link and register for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s 10k Sponsored Walk which starts out in Elder Park.

They’ve lined up a fantastic fun day in the park with lots of entertainment, games, food and activities throughout the day so why not join them for a great day out!

Community in the Park – A FREE event this Saturday 27th August in Elder Park, 12 – 7pm

Please help spread the word about this entirely free community event which will take place in Elder Park and Elder Park Library this coming Saturday 27th August, 12 – 7pm.  We are coordinating this event with Elder Park Housing Association, Aberlour Youth Point and Glasgow Sport. Friends of Elder Park’s contribution to this event has been funded by Glasgow City Council’s Area Partnership, Thriving Places, and by the group itself.
Please tell your pals, your colleagues, your family….whoever you want. We hope to see you there!

‘Co-operative Working’ Workshop on Thursday June 2nd in Elder Park Library

This session will take place in Elder Park Library from 10.30am to 1.30 pm. If you are interested in attending this then please contact us via the form below, and we will pass this on to the organisers.

This has been arranged by the Elder Park Working Group, as a pre-cursor to  upcoming consultation on potential changes to the way Elder Park is managed. The 3 options for it’s future management are;

1.       Council – led management (as is currently managed)

2.       Co-operative management

3.       Community-led management

We understand that details/ information on these 3 options are to be included in the agenda for this session, but that it will mainly be about  Co-operative management: what is it, and how does it work? This workshop was devised by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership – South Sector, and will be led by Manchester’s Co-operative College.

The Friends of Elder Park Committee are really keen for as many interested local people as possible to come along. We don’t know yet what the best option for the park is, but we do know that people need to be in a position to have an informed opinion. We are hopeful that this session will be useful in this respect. We are also hopeful that it will be useful for local organisations/ voluntary groups who want to learn more about this method of management.

FoEP do not regard this workshop as being a consultation exercise, and will be active in sharing information about consultation plans when they are shared with us. Elder Park is the people’s park, so FoEP are aiming to ensure that as many people as possible know about everything that is happening…so you know what to do. Please spread the word;  follow, like, share, tweet, and have a natter with your neighbours.

Want to come along to the ‘Co-operative Working’ Workshop on Thursday June 2nd in Elder Park Library from 10.30am to 1.30 pm?

Elder Park Working Group: part 1

Please be patient with us here. More blog posts on this to follow. There’s a lot to say, and some of it we aren’t 100% about ourselves so we’ll try and share this information in bite-size chunks, and keep the jargon to a minimum…. Avoiding acronyms/ abbreviations is going to be impossible but we’ll try our very best.

If you are aware of any errors in this (or indeed any other) post then please let us know in the comments.

Elder Park Working Group (EPWG) was initiated in late 2015, and is coordinated by  Glasgow Community Planning Partnership (GCPP) – South Sector.

The following Glasgow City Council (GCC) departments, and other organisations have had invited representation at EPWG meetings.

The focus of the group has not only been Elder Park, but also on surrounding streets/ services/buildings.

EPWG have spent these meetings discussing  issues, areas for development, overlapping responsibilities, gaps in provision, and future management possibilities for the identified area. We will seek to update this blog post with a map of the concerned area

It is FoEP’s understanding that the reason for this attention, discussion, planning and communication is because of Govan’s status as a targeted neighbourhood within Glasgow Community Planning Partnership’s ‘Thriving Places’ Approach.

“We will adopt a different approach to support for these communities  over the next decade. The challenge is to adopt a new way of working amongst service providers, working side by side with communities, to make better use of existing resources and assets, many of which are already embedded in communities themselves. Our aim is to develop and support thriving communities all across Glasgow. We will start by focusing on a few neighbourhoods to begin with.”

Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement 2013, p 30

Govan is one of these neighbourhoods. If none of this means very much to you, then don’t worry about it. We are seeking a clear and concise description of what all of this means, and will be sure to update this post when we have that. However, if you are someone who loves reading long reports and policy/ strategy documents the you can check out the full Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement here.