We’re celebrating! Exactly seven years ago today the Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust was launched!

The launch, unlike the many that have taken place on the River Clyde, took place at St Paul’s Parish Hall in Whiteinch. The original poster for the event is shown below and as you can see there was lots on offer for a fun filled family day out.

The following article about the launch event, which originally appeared in the May 2004 edition of the DRC Community Forum newsletter, outlines why the Trust was set up, how it would be run, what it would do and importantly how you could get involved.

One of the main drivers for establishing the Environment Trust was to work with and for the local community to help make the Yoker, Scotstoun and Whiteinch Environmental Vision a reality. The Vision was published in December 2002 by the Image and Environment Group of the Dumbarton Road Corridor Social Inclusion Partnership.

In the seven years since its launch the Trust has achieved a lot of success and delivered a range of great projects for the benefit of the local community. These include the Kingsway Court food waste composting project, environmental education to local schools, Glasgow Greenies, De’ils On Wheels, our fab cycling and re-cycling project and many, many more including, of course, managing the construction of the fantastic, soon-to-open Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre.

These successes have been achieved through the hardwork and dedication of a wide range of people including volunteer directors, members, staff, sessional workers, volunteers, student placements, partners, local businesses and very importantly working with many, many local people. We thank everyone for their contribution to date…and we ask for your continued support and involvement moving forward.

As you can see from the above article many of the aims of the Trust are still relevant – we are keen to get more members, volunteers and directors; we are keen to hear your ideas about what the Trust can do; we are keen to review the original Environmental Vision; and we are very keen and focused on delivering a wide range of environmental activities for the benefit of the local community.

So if you have any suggestions or you want to get involved please get in touch.

And if you were at the original launch event let us know your memories of the day!