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GreenGardenOn a derelict plot in the shadow of some of the biggest industrial buildings in Glasgow, a welcoming green space is coming to life thanks to a bunch of hardy volunteers.

The land next to the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre on Balmoral Street was once part of the Albion Motors works, whose giant sheds still loom over nearby South Street.

For years it was weed-strewn open space, and a £300,000 plan in 2015 to turn it into a community garden fell through after funding could not be settled. But now the volunteers based at the community centre have scraped together money, tools and materials to do it themselves and bit by bit are turning the two-and-half acre site into green and pleasant land.

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Cycling_manifestoA ban on pavement parking, high quality cycling infrastructure, a 20mph limit on local streets and an overhaul of the Highway Code were amongst the measures recommended in a new manifesto released on 28 June from an alliance of the UK’s major organisations dedicated to walking and cycling.

The alliance of the Bicycle Association, Cycling UK, the Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans, has a combined membership of more than 330,000 people and span every form of walking and cycling, from the school run to Olympic success.

Launching their ‘Moving the Nation’ manifesto at a major conference on cycling in Manchester, they unveiled a new vision of a future where everybody in the UK can live, work and play in places that are ‘healthy, vibrant and that make walking and cycling the natural choice for short journeys’.

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2018_LINKES_Summer-programme-headerLooking for fun activities for the kids during the holidays? LINKES are running two great kids summer programmes this year.

LINKES Summer Club is for P1-P7’s and runs every Tuesday and Wednesday until 8th August. Activities include Nature Play, Sports, Art, games, Cycle Skills (Kirkton Ave) and Lots of Fun!

Morning sessions take place at 160 Lincoln Avenue and run from 10am – 12noon.

Afternoon Sessions take place at 15 Kirkton Avenue playpark (outdoors play only) and run from 1:30 – 3:30pm. We’ll be along most Tuesdays with De’ils On Wheels doing cycle skills.

LINKES Football summer sessions are for P1-P7’s and will run every Monday until 6th August at Lincoln Avenue MUGA from 2 – 4pm.

Download the LINKES Summer Camp Flyer which also includes important information on the LINKES open access policy.

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A coalition of national organisations is calling on the UK’s political leaders are being asked to champion parks and local public greenspaces across the UK to halt and reverse their decline.

The Charter for Parks, launched by the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, and a coalition of national organisations, calls on Prime Minister Theresa May and First Ministers Nicola Sturgeon, Carwyn Jones and Arlene Foster, to celebrate these spaces so vital for all communities and take action to safeguard them

The Charter calls on the UK’s four political leaders to:

  • Celebrate the central role well-run parks play in our neighbourhoods for all sections of our communities
  • Recognise the right of every citizen to have access within walking distance to a good-quality public greenspace
  • Endorse a legal duty for all public greenspace to be managed to a good standard
  • Embed effective protection from inappropriate development or use, or loss of any part of our parks
  • Ensure adequate long-term resources for maintenance, management and improvements
  • Encourage and enable community involvement and empowerment of local people and park users

Groups and organisations throughout the UK are being urged to sign up to the new Charter from today and throughout the summer.

Representatives from Friends of Parks Groups in Edinburgh gathered in greenspace beside the Scottish Parliament to launch the Charter for Parks in Scotland. Events also took place at Westminster and Cardiff.

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demo_headerFriends of Victoria Park (FoVP) are holding a demonstration on Sunday 24 June at 2.00 pm to appeal to Glasgow City Council to withdraw its threat to grass over 28 of the main flower beds at the park at the end of this season. The beds are recognised as an integral feature of the park in Historic Environment Scotland’s Inventory of Gardens & Designed Landscapes.

FoVP are asking everyone who wants to ensure the future of these magnificent gardens to join them, if possible wearing colourful, flowery clothes, face paints and carrying placards. Meet at the gardens behind the big pond & duck pond at 2.00 pm. We hope to see you there. Please pass on the word to friends and family.

FoVP would also ask everyone to contact the Council or their local councillors to appeal for the gardens to be saved. Please do all you can to support us and use all your influence in local organisations to raise awareness. This is not a done deal. If enough people show they care we can get this decision changed. Contact FoVP to help with the campaign.

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cleanup_headerScotstoun Community Council are holding a Community Clean Up at 10.30am on Saturday 23 June.

The clean up will take place on the side streets between Dumbarton Road and South Street with volunteers meeting at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, G14 0BL.

Everyone is welcome to come along and all equipment will be provided but if you have your own gloves and sturdy footwear then please bring them along.

For more information please contact Scotstoun Community Council on scotscoco@gmail.com

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VP_gatesThere’s a whole host of activities planned for Victoria Park, many of them involving the Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) group.

Further volunteer days are still to be announced where you can come along and help make the park enjoyable for all by helping with clean ups, bulb planting, etc!

Tue 12 JuneActive Seniors Day in the park – lots of activities and information available primarily for the older people of Glasgow but everyone is welcome to come along from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

Tue 12 to Sun 17 JuneZippos Circus is due to return to the park for several performances daily.

Sun 24 June 2pmFlower Power Demo – appeal to Glasgow City Council to withdraw its threat to grass over 28 of the main flower beds at the park at the end of this season. PLEASE COME ALONG TO HELP KEEP THE FLOWER DISPLAYS.

6 July – 15 JulyFriendsfest – based on the popular TV series takes place on the rugby pitches.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September at 2pm each day, FoVP will lead informative walks around the park as part of Doors Open Day.

Sunday 11 November at 2pm – FoVP Annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

If you are interested in what has been happening with the park over the last couple of years, check out the Victoria Park update report, and the Victoria Park timeline 1885-2018 makes for a very interesting read.
Regular events in the park are listed below.
De'ils On Wheels Bike Workshop

WH Malcolm campaign

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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