It’s been a busy time!

Looking back this last 12 months of being in a pandemic and its fair to say its been a very busy time for us on the land. Throughout the period the land been used alot as people are often staying at home during the day for various reasons and want to get out for some fresh air and exercise – which is where we come in.

To begin with we had hoped the land would get a much needed breather from all the attention its had this last few years and it did get that back in late March 2020 but then that changed after a few weeks. However it was great to see so many local people use the land and get benefit from it. So many said how happy they were to have this nearby.

Nursery groups that used to come for part of the day started to come for the entire day so as to separate the kids in two parts – one lot staying in the nursery all week while the other half came to the land and then they would swap over the next week.

All this has contributed to wear and tear on the land which in turn we have tried our best to rectify and in so doing that has used up alot of our funds.

As always a big thanks to our Dog Walkers that have cleared up after anti social behaviour and just kept a look out for things going a drift. Because we are open 24*7 they really help as there is nearly alway a dog walker on the land.

There are too many volunteers to thank here individually but a special mention goes to Paul Dallas who lives locally and has done alot of woodworking for us. He’s got a talent with wood and you’ll see that when walking round the land. For example the two wooden deer he made that so many young kids adore, plus the 8 bat boxes he made that have been put up high on the metal structures (thanks to Tristan for that) and the work he has done making the brick shed more useable by putting hooks up on the walls and making a work bench.

Although its been busy people wise, we still have had successes with our wildlife, we now have two hedge hog homes and camera footage of them using the land. Foxes too have been spotted late evenings. We have tried our best to keep parts of the land with deep undergrowth to help with providing an eco system that is good for nature. We intend to keep up our re-wilding activities in the years ahead.

We’ve put up 10 new bird boxes so fingers crossed for some new residents this spring. Thanks to Tsanko and Lucy for keeping many of the bird feeders topped up throughout the last 12 months.

We’ve tried to keep the adjacent streets clean from all the leaves etc that come from our land. If we do’t we know the street drains will block which then becomes a bit of a nightmare. The land also leeches soil each time it rains heavily. Big thanks to Ell and Flo plus Charlotte and Lottie and of course Tristan for this and many other tasks. These volunteers are how we will endeavour to keep the land a wild natural greenspace.

All the volunteers have done their tasks on their own or with members of their household, and as part of their daily exercise close to where they live.

The 4 wheelbarrows were really in need of a full renovation which is what they got. New wheels and bearings plus a full coat of metal based paint and new handles. Most of them had flat tyres which had been like that for years so the difference moving stuff around now is so much better.

We installed a litter picker on Kelbourne street which has been a great success. Its a street thats always had a fair bit of litter what with the nearby scout hut, special need school, college and of course our land. Perhaps its just the sign with the litter picker that stopping people littering in the first place or maybe people are using it – whatever the reason its working. As far as we know its the first litter picker to be put on a public street in Glasgow for people to use (happy to be corrected on that one). We have another 4 on the land.

Lastly it wouldn’t be a summary without mentioning all the work we do in keeping our nearby street bins operating effectively. We now have a key to open them up which means we can help with them if they start to overflow. We clean them regularly as a clean bin is one that is more likely to be used, and even gave two of them a full coat of paint last year (inc the gold paint trimmings the Council uses!). It was needed as they had fire damage. Managing the litter is very important to us, as if we don’t it would change the whole vibe to the land and that in turn would have a detromental affect on the very young kids that benefit from the land – and we simple can’t allow that.

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Meadow seed mix sowed

Wanted to share with you what we planted on the meadow this year so far. There are some areas still to do.  Thanks to the volunteers whose time and effort made this all possible. Many who will get the benefit from it just aren’t able to do this work, so its great that they have helped this community, which will benefit for many years to come.
Our meadow seed this year came from Meadowmania Ltd. In total we paid about £550 for the seed. We could have spent less for the areas we have done but buying the seed is in many ways the easy part , getting the areas prepared  is the hard part,  so we tend to go with a high seed rate. Note this included The Children Wood area. Note too we haven’t bought meadow seed with grass in it which would have lessen the cost considerably. Although this grass seed they sell would have been a friendly grass seed for meadow flowers ie slow growing. We have more than enough grass seed on the land and indeed the meadow flowers main problem will be that fight each year between the slow growing meadow flowers and our fast growing grass. Thats assuming it doesn’t get stepped on too often!
A few flowers to look out for in the list below are: Red Campion which we have loads of from pervious plantings (ours looks pink though), thats what you see along the Kelbourne street fence line. Then Ox Eye Daisy which we used to have a fair bit and you may see more in July. Then a very important flower for all meadows and thats Yellow Rattle, this is a flower that eats / weakens grass. So its a great one to keep the grass in check. We’ll probably buy and plant yellow rattle plugs in Sept time, around all the edges of the patches we have done.
Our meadow flowering is often late in the season , so be patient, because we are in Glasgow obviously, alot of seed produceres base their timings on the south of England in our experience.
This below is the main types we buy and use from Meadowmania:

 

WILD3 Wildflower Meadow 100% Wildflower Seed mixture. New mixture now with 24 wild flower species. It is a mixture of 100% wildflowers. There are now 24 different wildflowers in the mixture which will cope with most soil types. This is the widest range of species we have in any of our mixtures. The application rate is 1.5 grams per square metre or yard. You should see Poppies in the first year. Then the other species should come to the fore. Best sown into bare soil or existing grass sward that contains no perennial ryegrass. The aim once established is to have different species of height , colour and appearance from may through to August. Please note all the wild flower seed in our mixtures are sourced and processed as follows. They come originally from stock grown in the wild in the UK. They are then multiplied up commercially. The seed is packed, mixed and distributed in the UK. This way you can be confident that you are buying native UK Wild Flower Seed to produce Native UK Wild Flower Meadows.
Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus Corniculatus) 0.5%, Betony ( Stachys Officinalis) 0.1% Corn Marigold ( Chrysanthemum Segeteum) 5%, Corn Poppy (papaver Rhoeas) 5%, Cowslip ( Primula Veris) 0.1% , Field Scabious (Knautia Arvensis) 0.5%, Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium Verum) 5.0%, Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea Nigra) 7.5%, (Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris) 1.5%, Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) 0.5%, Musk Mallow (Malva Moschata) 7.5%, Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare) 9.0 %, Ragged Robin (Lychnis Flos Cuculi) 0.1%, Red Campion (Silene Dioica) 10.0 %, 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) 0.5%, White Campion (Silene Alba) 7.0%, Wild Carrot ( Daucus carota) 5.0%, Yarrow, (Achillea millefolium) 6.3%, Yellow Rattle (Rhinanathus Minor) 5%.,
WILD11 WildFlower Meadow 100% WildFlower Seed mixture for Hedgerows It is a mixture of 100% wildflowers. There are now 20 different wildflowers in the mixture which will cope with Hedgerows or partial shade. The application rate is 1.5 grams per square metre or yard. This mixture when established is complemented well by bulbs such as Wild daffodils. Best sown into bare soil or existing grass not containing perennial ryegrass. The aim once established is to have different species of height , colour and appearance from May through to August. Please note all the wild flower seed in our mixtures are sourced and processed as follows. They come originally from stock grown in the wild in the UK. They are then multiplied up commercially. The seed is packed, mixed and distributed in the UK. This way you can be confident that you are buying native UK Wild Flower Seed to produce Native UK Wild Flower Meadows.
Betony (stachys Officinalis) 5.3%, Bluebell seed (Hyancith non Scripta) 1.5%, Common Agrimony ( Agrimonia eupotare) 5%, Common Vetch 0.5%, Dark Mullein (Verbascum Nigrum) 0.5%, Hedge Bedstraw (Galium Mollugo) 2.5%, Herb Bennet (Geum Urbanum) 2.5%, Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris) 2%, Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare) 10.%, Ragged Robin (Lychnis Flos Cuculi) 0.5%, Red Campion (Silene Dioica) 10.0%, Ribwort Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) 10.0%, Self heal (Prunella vugaris) 10.0%, Sorrel (Rumex Acetosa) 2.5%, Sweet Cicely 5.0%, White Campion (Silene Alba) 10.0%, Wild Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea) 0.25%, Hedge Garlic (Alliaria Petiolata) 6%, Yarrow ( Achillea Millefolium) 10.0%, Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus Minor) 6%
We’ve also gone for the Woodland Mix which is very similar to the above.
The Cornfield Annuals below we didn’t plant much of as it needs good soil and full sun, but does give great colour so you may see it in a couple of the patches.

CWF2 Cornfield Annuals 100% Native British Wild Flower Seed mixture

This is our cornfield annual seed mix with the widest range of species.

The application rate is 2.0 grams per square metre or yard.

These mixes do best sown in fertile conditions.

The red poppy, blue cornflower, purple corn cockle and yellow corn marigold can make for a very striking effect.

Please note all the wild flower seed in our mixtures are sourced and processed as follows. They come originally from stock grown in the wild in the UK. They are then multiplied up commercially. The seed is packed, mixed and distributed in the UK. This way you can be confident that you are buying native UK Wild Flower Seed to produce Native UK Wild Flower Meadows. Corn cockle may be harmful if eaten.

Corn Cockle ( Agrostemma Githago) 45%, Corn chamomile ( anthemis arvensis) 5.0%, Cornflower ( Centaurea cyanaus) 14.5%, Corn Marigold ( chrysanthemum segetum) 20%, Field Poppy ( papaver Rhoeas) 10%., Scented mayweed ( Matricaria Recutita) 3.0%, Night flowering catch fly (Silene noctiflora) 0.5%, Common for get me not ( Myosotis arvensis) 1.0%, Long headed poppy ( Papaver dubium ) 1.0%
Roses
The roses on the land planted,  all have info attached on them. David Austin Roses are the Worlds best. If you see one flowering then do give it a good sniff, obviously making sure you don’t step on any meadow flowers 🙂
For example this above was planted at the entrance on Clouston street. Two of them, and will take a few years to really get going.
There is more to do but the above gives an idea on whats been done so far this year.
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Meadow creation and woodland management.

During April and May 2020 volunteers were out as part of their daily excercise helping to maintain the meadow and wood. They prepared the ground and then put down meadow seed. Mostly around the Orchard area but also in the Wood along the Pivet hedge running along Sanda street and some small patches on the Kelbourne street side. The hedge was cut back and reduced in height last year so more sunlight should be getting into the wood which in turn will hopefully result in more ground flora. Its something thats missing in the wood and we are keen to do our part in bringing it back.

The volunteers have also put in alot of hard work digging holes for more David Austin Roses. The ones in pervious years have done well. More flowers helps our bees.

With less cars being parked beside the land, its given us an opportunity to take down some of the branches that were overhanging the surrounding streets. The leaves drop on the pavement and then block the street drains. Some of the branches were also at risk of snapping and being above a pavement with all the nursery groups that use the land, it was felt best to take them down. The other significant factor is we need some large branches within the wood to help slow down all the foot and paw fall. It’s an easy way to help direct people to another area and so let nature start to repair and grow.  These branches were grown from the land and so its great they go back to help the land out as they rot down into the soil.

All the above was done as part of the volunteers daily exercise, social distancing, wearing clean gloves and tool cleaning applied. Plus they worked on their own or with members of their household.

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We need YOUR vote

Please vote for us so we can get some much needed funding from the “Wee Green Grants scheme”. Its really easy and only takes a few minutes:

click on link below, register, verify your email, find “North Kelvin Meadow” in the list. Click vote and cast your other two votes as well with other fundees (Tip: we quite like the “Ha Penny Bridge House Wee Green Garden” as its run by FORK which is close and known to us), click “check and confirm my ballot” and thats it. You’ve now helped us secure some much needed money which will be used to help the land benefit all of us.

https://weegg.communitychoices.scot

Share with family and friends.

Thanks

 

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Community bulb planting event – 2pm Sunday 1st March 2020

We’ve got 500 snow drop bulbs (in the green), just needing people like you to come out and help plant them this Sunday 1st March at 2pm.

Meet at the Clouston street fence line as thats where they will be planted. Parents or guardians are responsible for their kids at all times. The weather not be great to get out recently so this is your opportunity to come out, get some healthy fresh air and do some good in your community.

UPDATE: event now done and we actually planted 700 bulbs in total.

 

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We are part of the Glasgow Unversity Environmental and Sustainability event this Sunday at 2pm.

This event is open to all members of the public not just students. As you can see in the schedule below the North Kelvin Meadow part is on between 2-3pm this Sunday 16th Feb 2020. We’ll have a short tour and then do some land maintenance jobs.
Note though if there is high winds the North Kelvin Meadow part will be called off due to the risk of trees or branches falling down. The forecast isn’t looking good at the moment.
Just to summarise, the event will run from 1-4:30 pm and the timeline is as follows:
  • 1pm: GU Wildlife Garden – planting raspberry canes/bulbs
  • 1:30pm GU Viewfield Lane Gardens – houseplants
  • 2:00pm North Kelvin Meadow – tour of meadow and Children’s Wood, land management activity, fire pit
  • 3:00pm Dot to Dot – Garden open day and tour
  • 4:00pm Woodland’s Community Garden – tour and composting lesson
Then potentially on to the CCA for a drink and to see the seed library afterwards, depending on interest. Cancelled due to Storm Denis.
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Meadow Creation Event

Please come along to a volunteer meadow creation event this Friday 17th Jan 2020 at 10.30am till 11.30am .

We’ll be sowing meadow seed taken from a meadow in Shetland by a lady called Susan who manges it there. The idea is if it grows there, it should grow in Glasgow!

Dress for the weather. We’ll be using some rakes.

Children are the responsibility of their Parent or Guardian at all times.This event is now cancelled due to illness. It will be put back on soon.

 

 

 

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Results from our 2019 Bumblebee Survey

Below is the latest results from our survey of Bumblebees on the land. The surveys follow a strict methodology,  so a year on year comparison can be given. Thanks to Mate and Eloise for volunteering to carry this out.

 

Number of Bumblebees spotted over 45 minutes Date of survey    
43 27-May-2019    
79 10-Jun-2019    
48 27-Jun-2019    
53 13-Jul-2019    
32 17-Aug-2019    
14 7-Sep-2019    
       
269 Total    
       
45 Average number of Bumblebees per visit
       
       
47% Year on Year % increase  

 

It’s likely the weather difference between 2018 and 2019 has made a big difference to these results. In 2018 we had a severe cold spell to start the year and then a near drought situation later in the summer. While the summer of 2019 has mostly been wet and humid.

Note our Honey bee Hives increased to 3 this summer from 2 in 2018, being a 50% increase. We had been told that the Honey bees may outcompete the Bumblebees but so far that’s not been our experience. Bumblebees for example have longer tongues so can use different flowers.

 

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A Book about us is out!

A book’s been written about us called “Irreplaceable” the fight to save our wild places by Julian Hoffman an established award winning author. He’s gone round the World selecting areas under threat and told their stories. So its humbling for us to be part of it. We’re in the chapter A Rose of Defiance (quite apt !). Its a beautifully written book.

Here’s a link to the book’s official page on the Penguin website, including description and advanced reviews:

It was picked as the London Evening Standard’s Book of the Week recently:

Heres another wonderful review of the book:
All good book shop stock it including Waterstones on Byers Road, Glasgow. Also available on Amazon and other websites.
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Restrictive Parking Zone (RPZ) proposed for North Kelvin and North Woodside

Letters have just gone out on 31st May 2019 from the Council as they propose to introduce new traffic management controls in our area. Below is a copy of the letter. You can get more details along with FAQ and maps of the affected area at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/NKNWS

” NORTH KELVIN AND NORTH WOODSIDE (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_ 

Glasgow City Council is currently undertaking the development and introduction of significant parking control schemes throughout the Glasgow area. One of which includes North Kelvin and North Woodside areas. The proposed zone can be defined from its boundaries of Maryhill Road to the north, Garscube Road to the East, Great Western Road to the South and Wyndham Street to the West. Where restrictions are currently in place in areas such as Maryhill Road, these will not be amended or altered as part of this proposal. 

As you will be aware, the West End of Glasgow offers excellent transport links such as bus, train and subway. However, having such links unfortunately encourages commuters to drive to the area and use residential streets to park-and-ride. This results in the kerbside road space being inundated by all day parking with indiscriminate and obstructive practices commonplace. 

The introduction of parking controls offers an effective solution towards managing the demand for the finite road space available through the prevention of all day commuter parking. Subsequently reducing the overall volume of traffic attracted to the area, whilst also increasing the turnover of parking spaces and improving road safety and traffic flow. Parking controls similarly ensure the essential access required for emergency services, refuse collection and delivery vehicles etc. 

The Council is now progressing to the statutory traffic order process for the North Kelvin and North Woodside scheme. Prior to the commencement of this process the Council is holding a public exhibition in Maryhill Community Halls, Maryhill, Glasgow Life, Avenuepark Street and Shakespeare Street Youth Club. Council officers will be in attendance on the following dates and will be happy to answer queries or concerns and discuss the proposals that have been developed. 

 Maryhill Glasgow Life Avenuepark Street, 35 Avenuepark Street G20 8TS 

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 2pm – 5pm 

 Maryhill Community Central Hall, 292-316 Maryhill Road G20 7YE 

Thursday 13th June 2019, 2pm – 7pm 

Saturday 15 June 2019, 9am – 11am 

 Shakespeare Street Youth Club, 95 Shakespeare Street G20 8LE 

Saturday 15 June 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm 

The proposed scheme will be similar to those introduced in Dowanhill/ Byres Rd, Yorkhill, Woodlands, Napiershall and Partick, with permits being allocated the zone identifier (W4). It is also our intention to modify the existing zones north of Great Western Road to this same zone identifier. Allowing permit holders within the proposed zone, in addition to those within Belmont, Napiershall and 

Woodside, to park in all these parking controlled areas without incurring any additional parking charge. 

The proposals include the following measures: 

 A Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ). 

 Shared use parking bays Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm for permit holders or those who wish to pay to park. 

 Disabled parking bays for disabled badge holders only. 

 Motorcycle parking bays for solo motorcycles only. 

 Car club parking bays for car club vehicles only. 

 Electric vehicle parking bays for electric vehicles only. 

 No Waiting and No Loading / Unloading at any time restrictions. 

 No Waiting at any time restrictions. Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s) may be issued to any vehicle not parked within a marked parking bay. 

 Loading Only places, during defined times, to allow for loading and unloading by any class of vehicle but allow parking out-with operational times. 

 One way operations. 

 Virtual resident parking permits at a cost of £85 per annum or £23.75 quarterly. 

 Business parking permits at a cost of £650 per annum. 

 Residents’ visitors parking permits at a cost of £2 for a set 6 hour period. 

 Resident and business permit holders would be able to park without limit of time. 

 Those who wish to pay to park during chargeable hours would be subject to a parking charge of 20p for the first 15 minutes (up to 1 hour) then 40p for every 15 minutes thereafter and a maximum stay limit of 3 hours. 

 The payment method would be by using a pay and display machine and displaying a ticket or by a cashless mobile phone payment system. 

Any feedback received from the local community will be considered prior to commencing the statutory TRO process. 

The Council must promote the TRO by following a statutory process, which is prescribed in The Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations 1999. This process consists of an initial “Consultation” stage where the Council consults with professional road users including emergency services, SPT, freight transport groups, etc. 

The next “Publication of Proposals” stage of the process is where the public will have the opportunity to comment, support or object to the proposals in writing. The proposals will be advertised in the Evening Times and notices erected on-street. The TRO documentation will be available to view at Council offices and on a dedicated web page from the first day of publication. 

We look forward to meeting you at the exhibition however if you are unable to attend or have any queries in the meantime please visit http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/saferparking or email us at: NorthKelvinAndNorthWoodside@glasgow.gov.uk . 

Yours faithfully 

Andy Waddell 

Director of Operations 

Neighbourhoods & Sustainability Restrictive Parkeing

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