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The Friends of Victoria Park campaign to save 28 historic flower beds has paid off and the Council has agreed they will be planted with more sustainable alternatives.

The Council had reported that, although their gardeners can no longer plant these beds several times a year with bulbs and annual plants, they offered three alternative options to the campaigners at a recent meeting at The Whiteinch Centre.

Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) and Whiteinch Community Council both agreed on Option 2 which involves planting the beds with hardy ornamental shrubs such as dwarf hydrangeas and miniature rhododendrons – both popular forms of planting in Victorian gardens. The Council estimate this will save them £21,000 a year and cost £2,000 a year to maintain although there will be an initial one off outlay of £16,000. Currently planting the 28 beds costs £23,000 a year.

The Council will continue to plant bulbs and flowers in the 30 remaining flower beds and the Friends has asked that the scheme should be planned so that the shrubs and flower beds complement each other to maintain the high impact of the gardens. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.

The 2018 survey will take place from Monday 10 until Friday 14 September with schools selecting one day to carry out the survey.

Each September, schools across Scotland complete the survey in class by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’. Local authority officers distribute the survey to schools and return pupil responses to Sustrans for collation, analysis and reporting.

Over the past few years the number of schools in Glasgow participating in the survey has been decreasing despite more schools across Scotland participating. Similarly the number of pupils being driven to school has been increasing in Glasgow despite low levels of car ownership.

The results provide a valuable annual snapshot of school travel and are used by Sustrans, Transport Scotland and other groups to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel over time, and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives.

For more information about the Hands Up Scotland survey please visit the Sustrans website where you can also download all the information for the 2018 survey. You can see the headline results from 2017 below.

The project is funded by Transport Scotland and is a joint survey between Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities

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The following report is from Friends of Victoria Park

Friends of Victoria Park requested a meeting at the beginning of June to discuss the City Council’s plans to grass over 28 of the magnificent formal flower beds. The meeting finally took place on Monday 20 August at The Whiteinch Centre.

Officers from the Council’s Land and Environmental Services explained that the plan to grass over 28 of the 59 beds was due to lack of operational resources – staffing and materials. They explained that the Council has been reducing flowerbeds across the city – a cut of almost 80% in the past decade. For  the most part there have been no protests like the one held in Victoria Park on 28 June.

The officers acknowledged that the formal Victorian Gardens in the park which are listed by Historic Environment Scotland as a designated landscape are unique but argued that this can’t be used as argument to continue planting.

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The next Critical Mass Glasgow bike ride will take place on Friday 27 July – meet at 630pm in George Square.

Critical Mass is a leaderless ride, free and open to all, where cyclists take to the city centre streets to promote cycling as the best means of urban transport. It happens in many cities around the world. Glasgow get on yer bikes!

Check out the Facebook event listing for more info

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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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.

Glasgow City Council, along with all Scotland’s local authorities, will once again support WWF’s Earth Hour from 830pm to 930pm on Saturday 24 March, joining 9 million people across the UK and 186 countries and territories from every continent on the planet.

The Council will be holding an event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Kelvingrove Park offering a range of family friendly activities from 6pm to 10pm onwards including an evening nature walk led by RSPB Scotland and an Illuminated Night Ride led (please register to book your place).

In Glasgow the council will switch off the lights at the City Chambers, the Clyde Arc Bridge, the Riverside Museum, the Mitchell Library and Winter Gardens on Glasgow Green and other landmarks switching off include Glasgow Cathedral (courtesy of Historic Scotland), Cranhill and Drumchapel Water Towers (courtesy of Scottish Water) and Glasgow University joining others around the world such as the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House!

Glasgow City Council is hosting an event at Kelvingrove event will be able to do this during the evening.

Earth Hour in the UK takes place from 8.30 to 9.30pm on Saturday 24 Marchwww.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour #EarthHourUK and #PromiseForThePlanet

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