Wee Green Grants

Investment projects with scope: Wee Green Grants

This heading has a budget of £90,000


Springburn Disc Golf Course

2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We hope complete the installation of an 18 Hole Disc Golf Course in Springburn Park. In 2019 the GDGC were given permission from LES in conjunction with the Friends of Springburn Park. We have since installed 9 permanent Disc Golf Baskets and a number of temporary Baskets. The funds would be used to purchase the 9 Permanent Disc Golf needed to complete the course. We would also install Junior/ kids Tee Pads along with signage. We will also install course maps & information boards around the park. The course in Springburn Park is currently rated as the second-best course in Scotland (4.6 stars out of 5: 14 courses in Scotland) and the number 1 free to play course in Scotland. We have an established player base in Glasgow with 50+ active players traveling to Springburn from all over Glasgow. We hope to spend the next 12 months helping to grow and develop a local player base. We have delivered a 6-week training program to a local Primary School and we will be hosting the Junior Scottish Open in Spring this year. We have also been working with NG Homes who run a number of after school activities and community programs.


Glasgow’s Wilds Better

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Context & Aims SNH has declared 2020 as the Year of Coasts and Waters; Glasgow plays host to COP26:UN Climate Change Conference; and GCC has declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. We aim to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the City’s LNRs, waterbodies and green spaces through organising and participating in a series of projects, events and exhibitions. Background & Project Our waterbodies, woodlands and grassland are crucial in alleviating flooding, improving water quality, removing CO2, helping reduce noise and wind borne pollution and providing an opportunity for biodiversity to flourish. We shall utilise modern techniques to get this message across and to provide an insight into Glasgow’s wildlife rarely seen by Glaswegians. For example, we shall: • use an endoscope, already purchased, to record breeding birds in our bird boxes throughout the City. • install a ‘trail cam’ alongside rivers and ponds to record rare species such as otters. • regularly analyse and upload all the data, videos and images onto a lap-top, web site and facebook page which we’ll use to engage with the public at events, exhibitions and talks and also to inform the Council. • display key images and a narrative at unmanned exhibitions utilising desk-top displays.


Watch the birdie! Birdwatching for children and young people

2020-03-05  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We aim to organise regular birdwatching, nature walks, activities and events for children and families from the local communities surrounding the Hamiltonhill Claypits LNR; Possilpark, Woodside, Firhill, Maryhill and Ruchill. These will be guided walks, nature activities and explorations where having binoculars and bird guides will let the children see the amazing wildlife on their own doorstep up close! Buzzards, kingfishers, goldfinches, swans and robins might be seen. There are also deer and foxes to watch out for. These activities will be ongoing and part of all the work we have planned at the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve.


Alexandra Park Festival

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Each year a community Festival is held within Alexandra Park and this year is the park’s 150th anniversary. The park has been a major source of enjoyment for the people of Dennistoun and surrounding areas for generations and the Friends of Alexandra Park (FOAP) are keen to celebrate this important milestone as part of the Festival activities. The FOAP wish to use the Festival to demonstrate its purpose and showcase its current work to the wider community. We are in involved in numerous activities to promote the use of the park, preserve vital services within the park and work in partnership with the City Council and community based organisations. Specifically, FOAP is applying for a Wee Green Grant in order that we can engage with the local community around issues such as climate change and why the preservation of Alexandra Park is vital. We believe this applies especially to young people and we aim to organise workshops and events in conjunction with local schools as well as the wider community in the lead up to the festival as well as during the festival itself. This would include raising climate change issues surrounding COP26 being hosted by Glasgow in November 2020.  


The Bellahouston Horseshoe

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Glasgow City Council cleared and repaired the walls in 2019 but it was not planted up. The Friends of would like to plant the garden with flowers which would in turn aid the wildlife in Bellahouston Park. Returning this area to its former purpose in which it would be pleasant area to sit. Lots of visitors come to Bellahouston Park to learn about the history of the Empire Exhibition 1938 and pass this area on their way to Tate’s Tower. It would be great if this garden could be seen as a beautiful and not the run down, sad area, it is at present.


Teaching the Teachers

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

The proposal The Botanic Gardens/the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens frequently receives requests from schools to advise on school gardens, and in particular, vegetable growing, but the resources are limited to achieve this. This proposal is to “Teach the Teachers” the basic elements of successful gardening and to enable them to encourage horticultural activities in their own school grounds. Even if the school has limited growing space we shall demonstrate the opportunities in small raised beds, either self-construct or through the purchase of portable units. We have considerable experience in providing courses in the Gardens through the Certificate in Practical Horticulture and this will be an abbreviated form of that course The project is a partnership between the Friends, Gardens staff and the Royal Horticultural Society Who is the course aimed at? Initially it is for teachers and classroom assistants involved in environmental studies throughout 80 schools in Glasgow and the courses will be held in Glasgow Botanic Gardens using the new education area recently funded by the Friends. Tutoring will be by members of the Friends who have trained and validated by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh


Rocks, rocks and more rocks!!

2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Linn Park is a beautiful and wild place bounded by the communities of Cathcart, Simshill, Castlemilk, Muirend and Netherlee. Although surrounded by the city, you can feel surrounded by nature within the walking routes of the Park. We have a threefold need for some more rocks in the Park! We would like to place some large rocks as seating and marker points at a viewing spot at the edge of existing woodland. A new woodland area we have planted on the slope in front will eventually embrace the rocks in a clearing. We need some flat rocks to augment the beautiful wildlife pond to allow creatures easy access in and out of the pond, ensuring it can contribute a wealth of wildlife to the Park. We need some path rock to fully bring back into use some paths we have cleared. They need a ‘top coat’ to ensure safe footing for the future. This will allow the wonderful world of Linn Park Local Nature Reserve to continue to be accessible and enjoyable to so many.


Maryhill Park Wetlands

2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We wish to enhance water retention in the wildflower/wetland area of our local park to provide an improved habitat for native plants, insects and amphibians. Friends of Maryhill Park (FOMP) is a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and improving Maryhill Park for its users. In recent years, with the help and support of Glasgow City Council, we have initiated a number of projects to improve biodiversity in the park, most notably a wildflower meadow and wetland area. Drainage in the park is historically poor, leading to overflow and flooding of adjacent streets during heavy rains. Shallow excavation of a water catchment area has been reasonably successful in temporarily retaining rainwater and reducing street flooding, but retention is currently not sufficient to support aquatic wildlife (frogs, toads, newts, insects, marginal plants) – water drains away after a few days, and the area is often totally dry in summer months. Our plan is to create a number of small, shallow ponds within or adjacent to the existing catchment area that will retain water year round, providing a safe environment for tadpoles, and other aquatic creatures. Margins of these ponds will be planted with appropriate native flowering plants and reeds beneficial to a wider range of birds and insects.


Hedgerows for Clean Air

2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

The Garnethill Climate Action Group aims to improve air quality by community planting of hedgerows throughout our urban area. A founding member’s research identified the efficacy of hedgerows in capturing and converting toxic emissions. This Spring we will plant hedgerow saplings on key points in Garnethill. We will also prepare the ground for another round of planting at the end of the year. Planting events will involve people of all ages and abilities from our local community and the hill’s enthusiastic educational, arts, cultural and environmental groups and establishments. In addition we will research and experiment with other green initiatives for improving air quality, e.g. moss walls.


Replacement of 5 benches using recycled wood

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We aim to replace 5 of the existing benches which are rotten and broken