There will be a community consultation event about the future of the Fossil Grove, which is located in Victoria Park, on Saturday 1 March.FossilGrove_Image1

The event will take place from 11am to 2pm at the National Badminton Academy at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. The event is being run jointly by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Glasgow Life. Everyone is welcome to come along and have their say.

The tree stumps are the remains of an ancient forest, around 330 million years old. Debris from these huge forests eventually formed the coal seams that helped Glasgow grow into a major industrial city. Fossil Grove is one of the most famous in-situ Carboniferous forest examples in the world.

FossilGrove_Image2These fossilised tree stumps were discovered in 1887 when an old quarry was being landscaped as part of the work during the creation of the park, and the fossil trees were uncovered by removal of the surrounding rocks. Careful excavation of the site uncovered the fossil remains, and a building was erected to protect them from the elements. Today at the Fossil Grove, you will see a small corner of a vast ancient forest, preserved in stone.

You can read more about the Fossil Grove on the Council website and the Museums of Scotland website.