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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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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!

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