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Local primary school pupils made a significant contribution to the success of the first School Run Summit for west Glasgow, which was hosted earlier this week by local charity Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET) and De’ils On Wheels at the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre.

The pupils, many of whom are Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs), joined over 40 other people who attended the School Run Summit, to look at how they could work together more effectively to address the school run issue and make the streets in and around local schools in the G11 to G15 postcode areas safer for all.

The primary school pupils told people about the great initiatives they are involved in including the JRSO programme, BikeAbility, the zig-zag campaign, the parking pledge, walking buses and park and stride schemes. Bankhead, Corpus Christi and Garscadden (now part of Clyde Primary) Primary Schools were all awarded the Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost’s Road Safety Award in September.

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The Charter for Trees, Woods and People (the Tree Charter) was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017 – the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. The people of the UK have a right to the benefits brought by trees and woods. The new charter will recognise, celebrate and protect this right.

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. The Tree Charter will draw its strength from the hundreds of thousands of people across the UK that sign and is rooted in more than 60,000 ‘tree stories’ gathered from people of all backgrounds across the UK.

Be a part of this historic moment, sign the Tree Charter to show your support for the principles.

The 2017 Greenspace Use and Attitude survey published by greenspace scotland shows the downward trend in the deteriorating quality of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces has continued.  Whilst the survey confirms that Scots still love their parks, with over 90% of urban Scots saying it is important to have greenspace in their local area, the quality of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces has continued to decline, and this means that fewer people are using their local greenspaces regularly.

40% of people agreed or agreed strongly that the quality of their local greenspace has reduced in the last 5 years (up from 33% in 2011) and this figure rises to 50% for people living in the more deprived areas (up from 35% in 2011).

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Following the local council elections in May GoBike sent a letter to all 84 of the newly elected Glasgow Councillors offering them a tour of the city or their ward, by bike or by foot in order “to encourage Councillors to be aware to the needs of cycling and cyclists in Glasgow as they carry out their council duties.”

To date 21 Councillors have responded and tours have been completed in 7 of the 23 wards in the city including Ward 12 Victoria Park.

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greenspace scotland is working with Glasgow City Council to support the development of a Food Growing Strategy for the city. Over the next two years, all Scottish Local Authorities will be required to develop a Local Food Growing Strategy as part of the implementation of Community Empowerment Act (2015).

greenspace scotland will be working in two areas within the city – one in the West and one in the South to identify local priorities and partners, map food growing which is happening on the ground and develop detailed proposals for community growing projects which can be taken forward quickly to ensure that the strategy begins to deliver change as soon as possible. The approach will then be rolled out to the rest of Glasgow (as appropriate).

There will be two events held to begin the process. Click on the link to reserve your place:

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Keep Scotland Beautiful have published a report showing that Scotland’s local environmental quality is deteriorating and that it is at a 10 year all time low.

The Local Environmental Quality in Decline report confirms that there has been a marked increase in the presence of litter, flytipping and graffiti in communities across the Scotland, and an overall decline in local environmental quality.

Poor local environmental quality is having a negative impact every day on the lives of over one million people living in Scotland. Local environmental quality is declining more severely and at a faster rate in our most deprived communities. And for those that perceive their local environment to be poor are more likely to report poorer physical and mental health.

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20160921_balshagray_13_volunteersThe West Glasgow Green Gym will be doing various clean ups and activities in and across the area during November. The Green Gym runs on a Wednesday from 11am to 2pm. The dates and locations over the next few weeks are:

You can download the Green Gym dates here (GreenGym_Nov17) or if you need any more information, are unable to attend a session or have any problems locating the meeting point please contact Wendy Cameron or Margaret at Drumchapel Life 0141 944 6004

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Contact Details

Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@
dumbartonroad.com

De'ils On Wheels
Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
e: deilsonwheels@
dumbartonroad.com

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DRCET is a recognised Scottish Charity (Charity No SC035954) and a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No SC273114). Registered office as shown above.

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