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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 »

DRCET_SchoolRunSummit_2018_HeaderAre you affected by the school run at your school? Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET) and De’ils On Wheels are hosting our second School Run Summit on the morning of Tuesday 2 October at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL

The event will bring together a wide range of people and organisations from the G11/G12/G13/G14/G15 postcode areas to share knowledge and experience of the school run. This will include pupils, teachers, parents, parent councils, local residents, community councils, Council officers, elected members and other interested parties.

We want to make the school run safer by:

  • reducing the number of cars on the school run
  • helping people that drive make different travel choices
  • providing coordinated support to schools and pupils

This event is free to attend but booking is required! You can book online at:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/drcet-schoolrunsummit-2018

or download the booking form here DRCET_SchoolRunSummit_2018_BookingForm

For more info please contact DRCET on 0141 433 0427 or email liz@dumbartonroad.com

If you are using Twitter then please follow @drcet and @deilsonwheels and use the hashtags #SaferSchoolRun and #schoolrunsummit and You can read all about the first school run summit here!

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Glasgow City Council have announced plans upgrade outdated blaes pitches with multi-use games areas (MUGAs) at 14 primary schools including St Paul’s in Whiteinch and Corpus Christi in Knightswood. Both schools are Cycle Friendly Primary Schools!

The investment is the first phase in a programme which will eventually see all 41 blaes pitches at city primary schools replaced.

Details on when the 14 MUGAs will be available for use by pupils are still being finalised, but work will commence after the start of the new school term in August.

Usually made from a synthetic surface such as artificial grass, macadam and polymeric rubber, MUGAs provide for a range of different sports including football, tennis, hockey, basketball, netball and volleyball.

Source: Glasgow Live

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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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Glasgow Wood Recycling, a thriving social enterprise based in Whiteinch, has recently achieved the nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award by demonstrating a clear commitment to increasing cycling for staff, volunteers and trainees. Achieving the award was made possible with funding from the Cycle Friendly Employer Development Fund.

Glasgow Wood Recycling was assessed against a range of criteria – they have a cycling champion, they have improved their cycling facilities including installing a new cycle shelter (made from recycled wood!), bought tools and a bike stand, bought a pool bike and have undertaken bike maintenance training. All clearly demonstrating that they fully deserved this Award.

Glasgow Wood Recycling is the 153rd workplace in Glasgow to achieve the award and they join over 525 Cycle Friendly Employers throughout Scotland. In addition, Glasgow Wood Recycling entered a team into the recent Glasgow and Clyde Cycle Challenge which took place throughout May. The team finished second overall cycling over 4000kms and one of the GWR team finished third in the individual standings, cycling nearly 1200km!

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In partnership with Glasgow Wood Recycling we will be holding a Bike Breakfast from 8am to 10am on Thursday 7 June 2018 at Barclay Curle House, 739 South Street, Whiteinch, Glasgow G14 0BX

The Bike Breakfast will run from 8am to 10am and we will be offering free drinks, fruit and pastries, information on cycling and walking and a FREE Dr Bike check!

The Bike Breakfast is part of joint celebrations – firstly Glasgow Wood Recycling have achieved their Cycle Friendly Employer award and secondly next week is Bike Week 2018 where we are encouraging everyday cycling for everyone.

We will be set up just outside Barclay Curle House at the entrance to the Barclay Curle Complex so why not pop down and say hello!!

See the poster below or check out our Facebook event page.

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The Active Seniors Day in the Park will take place on Tuesday 12 June in Victoria Park. There will be lots of activities and information available primarily for the older people of Glasgow but everyone is welcome to come along.

DRCET will be along with an information stall so why not pop along and say hello!! The event takes place from 10.30am until 3.30pm. For more information please contact Active Seniors on active_seniors@hotmail.com and you can download the poster here 20180612_ActiveSeniorsInTheParkDay

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De'ils On Wheels Bike Workshop

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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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