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!
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!
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.
Having taken advice on whether or not it would be a wise idea to run our event on the same day as the Old Firm match this weekend, the committee have decided to postpone Community in the Park until October 14th. It may be chillier, but we’ll soon warm up with some community spirit, dancing, games, and tasty food!
More details coming soon!
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!
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!
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!