Wild food foraging event

Thanks to Mark Galloway of Galloway Wild Foods for giving us a superb talk on foraging yesterday Sunday 15th July 2018. He took us on a walk around our land, and helped identify plants and how to sustainably harvest, cook and preserve them. He then made up a banquet of food for us to tuck into at the end! Credit to Fergus of the Orchard Project for helping to organise this one.

We’ll hopfully have Mark back later on this year so watch out as he only takes limted numbers.

 

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Orchard Community Event

Thanks to Tom who came over from Edinburgh and hosted our Orchard Community event on Saturday 30th June 2018. Credit to Fergus from the Orchard Project for helping with arranging this. We had a great bunch of volunteers that came out to learn about how to maintain an orchard such as pruning techniques and disease control.

He did point out each of our fruit trees needs a bucket of water in this heat so any help on this would be much appreciated by local people. Our fruit will taste all the more juicy for this! Talking of which you may find some of the cherries ripe enough to eat. Please help yourself.

Also any help with watering the centre of the meadow would be appreciated. Get in contact if you’d like to help out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Reason I Jump

National Theatre of Scotland is bringing an exciting new production , The Reason I Jump to the land.

There will be a temporary maze within the land 4th June – 23rd June 2018. There will of course be day time access to the site throughout this period. You should beable to walk through the gaps in the some of the larger fencing should you so wish outside performace times.

When the performance is running , the area will be open to ticket holders only. Signs will make it clear when the area is open as normal.

You may hear some flute music or the odd bell ringing. All music will stop by 9.30 pm and will not be amplified.

The performance will run Monday 11th June – Saturday 23rd June 2018. Rehearsals will take place on site Thursday 7th June.

The Reason I Jump is based on the book by Naomi Higashida, a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese boy, who was 13 years old when he wrote it.

Karen Allan ( Karen  .  Allan  AATT  nationaltheatrescotland  .  com ) is the Producer for The National Theater of Scotland that is putting on this performance

Tickets (£8 or £6) are available on The National Theatre of Scotland website: https://goo.gl/2xhsZ4

 

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Alert for Dog Owners and Dog Walkers.

No doubt you may be aware of a worrying number of incidents across parks in Glasgow (Kelvingrove Botanics, Linn Park, Kings Park, Partick) in which meat or tennis balls have been poisoned and left out publicly. As a result, several dogs have been poisoned, become seriously ill and in some cases died.
We all want to minimise the risk of this happening and use our collective vigilance to keep our pets safe. if you do come across any meat products or stray tennis balls on the ground in any public park (not just the Meadows) and you suspect these may be poisoned, please can you take the following steps.
1. Remove the meat ensuring that you protect your hands with a poo bag or gloves.
2. Dispose of the item safely and fully out of reach.
3. Call your local Community Police on 101 to report the incident.
In the case of tennis balls, it’s very difficult to know if these are simply lost or deliberately placed so err on the side of caution and dispose of them –better a lost ball than a sick pet.
Recognising the signs of poisoning
If you suspect that your dog has consumed poison, you must call a veterinary clinic IMMEDIATELY who will advise you how to proceed. There are multiple types of poison and symptoms can vary significantly. These can include:
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Abnormal behaviour (e.g. falling over or staggering gait)
• Excessive salivation (drooling)
• Excessive sleepiness or hyper activity and restlessness
• Loss of appetite
Do NOT try to induce vomiting in your dog which may make the situation worse
Useful numbers
Depending on your location, your local vet clinic will vary but for Meadows users, the following numbers may be helpful to keep in your phone:
McDonald Vets, Queen Margaret Drive: 0141 9463651
Vets Now (24 Hours): 123-145 North Street: 0141 319 4664
Thank you for your help in keeping our parks safe for all users.

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Some Shakespeare, then Whats New?

Shakespeare, Henry V

 “The even mead that erst brought sweetly forth


The freckled cowslip, burnet and green clover


Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank


Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems


But hateful docks, rough thistles, keksies, burs,

Losing both beauty and utility.”

 

The above refers to meadow management.

What’s new?

A cut of the meadow areas on the land has been carried out. This is to cut back some of the fast growing grass we have which will then free up flower seed to grow next year. The cut has only taken place in the less used areas.

The cuttings have been raked off the land and composted, so as fertility isn’t put back into these areas. Meadows need poor fertilely; otherwise grass outcompetes the flowers.

Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) which is semi-parasitic on grasses has been sowed near the meadow areas. This is one of the most important flowers to keep a meadow flowering.

A new bin has been installed in the centre as the last one began to fall apart. Thanks always to Jim for empty it.

The old fire pit area been sowed with mostly grass seed.

The fence line near the entrance on Kelbourne street has had some meadow seed sowed on it.

Some new patches of meadow have been created. The process has been the same as done previously, where the turf been turned upside down, gently raked and then meadow seed sowed. Next year (2018) this should looked as if its merged into it’s surrounding, albeit with meadow flowers. Currently they look brown.

Some of the meadow seed types are listed below, the % is proportion in the packets:

Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus Corniculatus) 2.5%,

Common Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris Radicata) 1.0%

Corn Poppy (papaver Rhoeas) 2.5%,

Cowslip ( Primula Veris) 0.2% ,

Field Scabious (Knautia Arvensis) 2.5%,

Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium Verum) 7.5%,

Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea Nigra) 7.5%,

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris) 7.5%,

Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) 1.0%,

Musk Mallow (Malva Moschata) 7.5%,

Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare) 2.0%,

Ragged Robin (Lychnis Flos Cuculi) 0.2%,

Red Campion (Silene Dioica) 7.5%,

Ribwort Plantain (Planatago Lanceolata) 7.5% ,

Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus) 0.5%,

Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba Minor) 7.5%,

Self Heal (Prunella Vulgaris) 7.5%,

Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria) 0.5%,

Common Sorrel (Rumex Acetosa) 2.5%,

White Campion (Silene Alba) 7.0%,

Wild Carrot ( Daucus carota) 5.0%,

Upright Hedge Parsley (Torilis Japonica) 2.5%

Yarrow, (Achillea millefolium) 2.5%,

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanathus Minor) 5.0%., (much more than this % will be sowed).

Wild Clary (Salvia Verbenaca) 2 .5%;

 

Orchard trees and bushes along Kelbourne street fence line have been pruned and their bases freed up from grass. We’re thinking of planting a few more fruit trees so if that’s something your interested in helping with, then please get in touch? We really would welcome the help!

Some new bird feeders have been put up. Feel free to add more or fill the existing one. Are you interested in putting up some bird or bat boxes?

Any questions, concerns, feedback, or you want to help, then please contact:   northkelvinmeadow@gmail.com

Some useful reference websites on meadows:

https://wildseed.co.uk/page/management-of-meadows-and-grassland

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=446

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-cut-a-wildflower-meadow/

https://bumblebeeconservation.org/images/uploads/Resources/BBCT_Land_Factsheet_2_Managing_wildflower_meadows.pdf

https://www.meadowmania.co.uk/news/3-ps-establishing-wild-flowers/

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Glasgow needs Orchards!

North Kelvin Orchard and Meadow

Glasgow needs Orchards! Ours helps locals take an interest not just in nature, but in healthily living too. They come to this 1.4 hectares of inner city community greenspace for many reasons. Kids playing in their wood, families having picnics on their meadow, dogs walking their owners. They see the fruit in the orchard, they eat it, and that then takes them further along on that journey in connecting them to nature. They then look after not just the tree that gave them apples on that picnic, but they look after and take an interest in the rest of the land. They get interested in composting as we use that to help boost the growth of the fruit bushes and trees. Kids using the orchard is very important to us, so we always aim to prune in a way that the fruit is low enough down so they can pick them.

We manage the land the orchard is on as a meadow. This means we have a meadow management plan in place. Basically the orchard and meadow are one. We’ve found wildlife especially reap the benefits of this. We’d like to study it more but it’s our belief that as the meadow flowers sometimes open at different times to the fruit in the orchard this helps wildlife. Over the years we’ve often had a lot of feedback from people saying they think we have much more wildlife e.g bumbles bees, insects, birds etc than many City parks and this could well be the reason why.

Glasgow is very near the bottom of most health tables in Europe. We and this Orchard want to do our bit to get Glasgow and her people further up that table!

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Sucesss! We win!

Today the Scottish Ministers have delivered their verdict and backed the decision by the Reporter Mr Cunliffe that the planning housing application by New City Vision Ltd be refused. This is a huge decision and means this land is saved for this and future generations! Goodness that sounds good to hear!

The government Reporter Mr Cuncliffe highlighted that the land delivers a different type of green open space provision than what’s in the area currently. He stated the Council’s decision to sell it off for housing wouldn’t comply with policies that seek to protect open space and that selling it for housing would also be inconsistent with policy that’s there to protect trees and biodiversity.

Douglas Peacock, spokesperson for North Kelvin Meadow, said today ” Scottish Ministers have made the right decision, as it supports a heathlier community for young and old alike, it also backs a community having its say on what happens within their area. There are some good well worded planning policy out there, the problem’s been that when it comes to crunch time the decision often goes the way of the property developer and against green space that benefits communities. Not this time though! ”

It’s been officially 8 years of a long and hard fight getting to this decision. And so there needs to be a huge thanks given to all those that have stuck in there and helped the campaign ,plus people , animals and wildlife that use the land. Special thanks to all those people in The Children Wood putting on their events, the dog walkers being there and helping when it counts, plus the various individuals such as Jim Divers that have given their time over such along period.

This isn’t the end though. We’re here today from the support of the local community and our success going forward will be whether we can keep that going by maintaining the land and helping it benefit all in our community.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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