Wee Green Grants

Investment projects with scope: Wee Green Grants

This heading has a budget of £90,000

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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.

£500
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Active Arden Community Garden (goConnect)

2020-03-06  •  admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We have a plot of land in Arden which we intend to use as a community garden. Many residents in Arden have poor mental health: we believe that a community garden, where residents can enjoy gentle walks, do light gardening, develop their creative skills, and socialise with their neighbours, will help decrease levels of loneliness and isolation, and improve confidence and self esteem. As per residents’ requests, we intend to improve our green spaces and walking routes by erecting benches and bins. We intend to use the Friendly Bench model and erect benches within the community garden as well as in other public areas to encourage socialisation. Residents who we have spoken with agree that if there were benches, they would make more use of Arden’s green spaces. We also want to erect fencing around the garden for privacy and to deter vandalism. We hope to involve community groups, including local nurseries and schools, to promote intergenerational learning. This application has gained the support of the Friends of Queen’s Park.

£4,861
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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.

£600
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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

£4,910
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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.

£3,000
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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

£720
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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

£4,500
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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.

£925
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Hedging our bets – adding a hedgerow to Cherry Park

2020-03-05  •  Admin  •  Wee Green Grants

We would like to add a hedgerow to Cherry Park. This is to improve both the look and feel of the park by properly demarcating its boundaries (hence, maintenance), as well as enhancing the environmental qualities and biodiversity of the park since hedgerows are well known to act as habitats for a variety of species, from insects to birds.

£900
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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.

£3,500