I met with Douglas Peacock, to catch up on the latest activities and plans of the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign.
As ever, this campaign and the conviction and commitment of those involved, never fails to impress. The North Kelvin Meadow is a wonderful example of what a bit of initiative, creativity and strong community spirit can achieve when it comes to creating beautiful and accessible communal green spaces within our communities.
The North Kelvin Meadow Campaign was set up to transform and protect a patch of dormant land in between Clouston Street and Kelbourne Street, Maryhill. This area was left uncared for for years by Glasgow City Council, and was also left vulnerable to vandalism and fly tipping. Frustrated and angry at such valuable green space being badly managed by the Council, and angered by plans to sell the land for luxury flats, local residents, young and old, took up the challenge themselves to clean up and utilise this space properly.
As a result, this area has transformed into a pleasant, green meadow consisting of raised-bed allotments, a fruit garden, woodland, composting facilities and a wild flower plantation. There are plans too for further improvements, including a bio-diversity pond and a communal salad and herb garden. It has also developed into an important location for socialising and events in the community such as picnics, communal dinners, wildlife education and volunteering. It is truly an inspirational tale, and a great asset to the local community. I would recommend a visit to anyone - they need your support at www.northkelvinmeadow.com.
This vibrant meadow, full of activity and life is exactly the type of community regeneration that Glasgow needs. I look forward to continuing to work with the campaigners to oppose the sale of this precious green space for yet more luxury flats!
Edinburgh Farmers’ Market turned 10 on Saturday. That’s 10 years of local food in Edinburgh’s centre. To mark this occasion, I have submitted a motion to congratulate the stallholders for their continued success, despite the high cost of the stalls. Here’s to their second 10 years.
As a keen supporter of both active travel and recycling, I was delighted to learn of a new social enterprise that combines the two. The Glasgow Bike Shed is based in Glasgow East End and will be recycling bicycles from a variety of local sources and working to promote safe cycling in the city. I paid Gregory and his team a visit today to see how things are fixing up, and took along my old bike to donate for refurbishment.
The scheme will offer classes for children and grown ups on how to cycle safely in the city, and workshops on how to maintain your own cycling gear and the shop will sell refurbished bikes and parts. To keep waste to a minimum, anything that cannot be used will be salvaged for scrap.
The team were really enthusiastic and rightly so. This is a great project and is exactly the sort of thing that Glasgow needs to see more of. Glasgow Bike Shed is offering the kind of imagination and creativity needed to tackle our health and environmental problems, something that is often lacking in government. It is great to see old bikes being put to use rather than just ending up in landfills and it was an added bonus to see the disused space at the rear of the Barrowlands being put to such good use. I hope that the plans to extend the refurbishment further can offer similar opportunities to small businesses, charities and social enterprises.
Schemes like this which promote active travel are invaluable. People will have the opportunity to learn new skills while getting more exercise and also helping reduce the numbers of cars on our roads. The first refurbished bikes should be ready soon, so if you fancy getting into cycling then why not pay them a visit or see their website for more details.