Join us on Saturday 27th March, from 2pm
To celebrate the launch of
in association with the
Royal Horticultural Society and Beautiful Scotland
Come and ﬁnd out the latest on the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign allotments and community garden, meet your neighbours… and maybe even do some digging!
The new campaign supports people to embrace more sustainable lifestyles and make the most of their green spaces for recreation, food-growing, and community cohesion.
The North Kelvin Meadow is a 1.3 hectare site beside Kelbourne Street in the West End. Formerly playing fields, for two decades it lay abandoned, until in summer 2008, Glasgow City Council announced it would sell the site to a private developer to build 115 flats.
A survey organised by local people showed that the existing community overwhelmingly opposed the proposed development. A campaign group was formed to pursue an alternative vision for the site that all members of the local community could treasure – an inspiring green space incorporating allotments, a community orchard, a wild meadow and a small wood.
Since the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign began working on the space in October 2008, more than a hundred community activists, including school children, have been involved in the transformation and management of the site. The group has cleared the land of litter, started allotments and a community herb and vegetable garden, and established composting facilities, and a fledgling orchard and wild flower meadow.
Green open spaces in urban areas are vital for the health, well-being and quality of life of residents. For far too long, Glasgow City Council has favoured developers over communities when it comes to making use of the city’s most precious assets – its dear green places.