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So now that the festivities are over what happens to your real Christmas tree? Well there are plenty of locations across the city where you can take your tree to be recycled.

For households with a brown bin the trees can be chopped up into manageable pieces and placed in the bin and put out for kerbside collection.

Alternatively, trees can be taken to any of the four Household Waste Recycling Centres at Dawsholm, Shieldhall, Polmadie and Easter Queenslie.

And up until Friday 19 January real Christmas trees can also be taken to:

  • Pollok Country Park, Burrell Car Park
  • Alexandra Park, off Alexandra Parade, car park next to the golf course
  • Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, grass area opposite the bandstand

The trees collected in the brown bins or taken to the recycling centres are sent for composting to our re-processing partners and the trees taken to the parks are chipped and shredded on site for use within the parks. And chippings will be available for the public to take free of charge from Pollok Park.


20160706_WHMalcolm12The Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government to consider the appeal against the Council’s decision to reject the WH Malcolm planning application recently undertook a visit to the site and surrounding area.

Representatives from several local organisations that have been campaigning against the development were invited to attend part of the visit with the Reporter. The organisations included:

  • Yoker Community Council
  • Whiteinch Community Council
  • Scotstoun Community Council
  • Jordanhill Community Council & Victoria Park Residents Association
  • Harland Cottages Residents Association

The purpose of this visit was to allow the reporter to become familiar with all the physical aspects of the site and the surrounding area and gain a better understanding of the features of the site that relate to the appeal.

We are expecting the reporter’s final decision to be made in the next 4 to 6 weeks and we will keep you informed of developments.

All the information and communication relating to the appeal can be found on the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals website. The case reference number is PPA-260-2055.

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DSC05163Head along to the Whiteinch Centre on Tuesday 19th May for the Whiteinch Upcyclers Open Day! The Whiteinch Upcyclers are a keen group who meet every week to give unwanted furniture and homewares a new lease of life using a variety of creative techniques.

Tuesday’s Open Day is a chance to take a look at the group’s amazing creations, enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit and maybe even create an upcycled masterpiece of your own at one of their taster sessions.

The group is looking to recruit new members so if you’ve got a creative streak and want to get involved just drop in to the Centre between 10:30 – 13:30. More details can be found on the event flyer.

Recently we visited a couple of other bike projects – Recyke-a-bike in Stirling and ED’s Cycle Coop in Bishopbriggs – to learn from what they are doing in terms of cycling, bike maintenance and bike recycling.RecyckeABike_20130418_12

In addition to our own De’ils On Wheels staff two volunteers from Wheel Fix It, a new bike recycling project in Drumchapel, also joined us on our visits.

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Tonight Dave and Dylan finished their bikes after just 3 sessions, and made a really good job of it too.  They picked the workshop soundtrack for the evening and went for The Misfits, The White Stripes and Queen.  A++

Andrew’s also been in helping us out a lot this week, tonight he spent a while repairing a puncture on an unloved BMX that lives in a garden.  We’ve persuaded the owner to come in and give it a bit of TLC…

Other news – we spent some of today talking with potential partners about exciting plans, and we hope that some new developments might be in the pipeline – watch this space!

What’s definitely happening is a trip to the Western Titans BMX track at the end of Feb – Scotland’s only ‘proper’ BMX club have invited us along for a taster.  Magic, and best of all it’s only 3 miles so we can ride there.

And finally… thanks to two: the Bike Station in Edinburgh for taking the time to chat this week – they have an amazing project and despite being ridiculously busy were happy to spend a while on the phone giving very good advice.  Second, Billy Bilsland Cycles, who are helping us out with workshop supplies for now.  Support like this is further proof that local bike shops rule.

Pedal on, Kirkpatrick.

Our lovely tool board Woop! Lots of images here The workshop is officially open – Mon Tue 5-8pm, Wed Thu 1-6pm. We had a busy day up there today, there’s now 14 candidates applied for our build-a-bike courses, and today we had two people in fixing their bikes with Sandy’s help. Martin sorted out some niggly gears, brakes and headset issues, while Jim came in for an hour or so and cleaned and oiled his chain and freewheel, which were starting to seize up (despite liberal applications of cheap margerine to his chain – we think this could be a new market: “I can’t believe it’s not chain lube”) . Jim told us he rides around a lot and it helps keep him in good health, but lately he’s not been out on his bike at all because it wasn’t working and he’d been told it’d cost £70 to fix. All it needed was the right tools and a few drops of oil – Jim’s well pleased and he’s coming back next week to learn more about bike maintenance.

De’ils on Wheels is the name of this project – it’s a reference to Kirkpatrick MacMillan, who invented the bicycle in 1840. The story goes that when he rode into the Gorbals and caused a stramash, they thought he was the “De’il (devil) on Wheels”.

Our workshop is open for a new crop of De’ils to put together their wheels (Monday and Tuesday 5-8pm, Wednesday Thursday 1-6pm) but we need more bikes!

Workshop photos and more details of what we’re getting up to will follow… stay tuned – sign up to email notifications by clicking on the button.

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@

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

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