Wee Green Grants

Investment projects with scope: Wee Green Grants

This heading has a budget of £90,000


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.


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.


North Kelvin Meadow

2020-03-05  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We are at the point where we need to renew some items, get the benefits more from what we have and put on some community events that will help local people get the health benefits from this wild natural community greenspace. The Meadow especially needs cut this autumn and meadow flowers bought and planted. The wood needs help from the constant use such as repairing the fence and planting woodland flowers. Glasgow and especially this area has a long standing health problem and we aim to do our bit to help this. Although we feel we have a good track record this money will mean we can kick on and deliver much more in the year ahead.


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.


Pollok Wildlife Garden renovation

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We are currently renovating the wild life garden in Pollok park. Two major operations are restoring the pond and clearing the ground of weeds. Having dug over the ground and weeded we now need to replant with a variety of herbs and wild flowers. As well as this the wild life garden cannot be opened to the general public as the pond is too deep for safety. Hence our second request for clean boulders to fill in the pond up to a safe level


Queen’s Park Flower Show

2020-03-05  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We want to celebrate Queen’s Park through a free, accessible, educational community event that creates a positive benefit for the park. The event will: - encourage volunteering with the Friends of Queen’s Park Group, - create a welcoming entrance to the park from Victoria Road through the addition of planters - bring footfall to the park - inform and educate attendees on local flora and fauna, - create a family trail around the park


Knightswood running track

2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

The Friends group aim to restore the running track to a level where training and competing can be carried out in a free to use environment. Since the Friends group started last year, we have removed soil from the track to improve the drainage. We improved the facility to an extent where small groups have been making use of the track. We have one other track in the north west of the city at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. The Scotstoun track is in great demand, not only from running clubs, but also by Glasgow Warriors. There is also a cost element. We want to apply for funds to add 60 tonnes of soil to the track, and a kick plate for the inside of the 400 metre running track. This is essential for training purposes. The running track is the centre piece of our park. We have worked hard to improve the facility, but now we need resources other than our time and effort. The Friends group have focussed on locals making use of their facility. We have engaged the primary schools by having their sports day in the park. This has not been altogether a success as the track needs improved.


Tollcross Park

2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Friends of Tollcross Park in partnership with Sacro’s Garden Project are working to develop areas within Tollcross Park. We have consent from Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Glasgow City Council to carry out work within designated areas within Tollcross Park which will provide enjoyment to park users. We would like to purchase shrubs and plants to establish year-round interest within some beds which we have previously planted with wildflowers. We would also like to improve a shaded area within the park, adding to existing planting to develop a Japanese Zen garden with a focus on winter sensory points of interest, a place filled with winter scents to uplift spirits in the dark and cold months. This will create an oasis of calm and a space for relaxation, meditation and mindfulness to be practised that all members of the community can enjoy. With the guidance of an educational gardener we plan to teach volunteers who have barriers to employment horticultural skills. We would like to purchase a range of trees shrubs and herbaceous plants which will not only provide an attractive display but will provide opportunities for volunteers to gain a wide range of valuable skills.


Wild about Garnethill

2020-03-03  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Garden Crowd aim to work with residents of Garnethill together with FROGGS to develop an Urban ecosystem which will increase biodiversity in the area. Garnethill has three green areas; the park, the viewpoint and the community garden. We will host workshops with young people to educate them on the nature of Garnethill, the species already there and how we can potentially build on these ecosystems. The workshops will culminate in three small projects which will bring more insects, birds and native plants to the greenspaces. We will then map the flora and fauna of the area to create a nature trail, building on the work we have already done with our nestbox trail. The nature trail will connect the spaces and also any notable other features such as the existing trees. We will produce a map of the trail and make this available to residents, local organisations and businesses to use. We will also create a leaflet to deliver to all the houses and businesses in Garnethill to inform residents about how they can use their gardens to add to the ecosystems we are creating to further increase biodiversity in the area thus making a greener Garnethill.



2020-03-03  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

Our project for 2020 has four parts: 1. To provide music workshops for people of all ages as part of our Hayburn Music Festival and Big Lunch on Sat 20th June 2020. 2. To host a totem pole carving workshop to create a permanent legacy celebrating the young people who worked on the park upgrade. 3. To install a drinking water fountain in Hayburn Park to promote environmental responsibility and reduce plastic bottle use and rubbish in the park. 4. To install some solar powered light sources in Hayburn Park to increase park use and safety.