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 events 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.
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!
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!
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.
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?