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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
If you’re looking for something FREE to do with the kids this summer head to Elder Park to take part in some fun and active games, sports and activities! All activities and meeting points are at the entrance to the park next to Elder Park Library on Langlands Road.
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?
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.
The first ever blog post…. what should we write about? It’s got to be something pretty monumental, or maybe something funny…or actually scrap that… After 24 hours (and gallons of coffee) pulling this (very much a work in progress) blogsite together we’ll maybe just explain why.
Friends of Elder Park are currently trying to support the beginning of a dialogue between Glasgow City Council, and the owners of Elder Park; the people of Govan and the people who make good use of the park. This will result in a consultation about the future management of Elder Park, and we want to support that being as meaningful as possible.
So how does a blog help with that?
Whichever side of the park fence you end up sitting on in the proposed management restructuring, you’ll be able find key dates for the consultation process, information on how to get your voice heard, and information/ opinions gathered from conversations/ communication we’ve had with both the community and the council. Have a look around and you’ll see the beginning of this – there will be much more to follow!
So…… is that what the whole blog is going to be about?
NOT AT ALL! That’s why we’ve started it, but it’s definitely not the only thing you’ll find on here. We’ll have to see how far we can develop it, but in time we hope it will have all sorts of fun, useful and interesting things for you. There’s only one way for you to find out though. Why don’t you mosey on over to the orange subscription button over there on the right and give it a little click.
Well that’s all for now dear reader. Thanks for stopping by!