Our 2016 Summer Fair is this weekend – the 19th of June – from 2pm-4pm. Our new community garden will be officially opened by MSP Bob Doris. We’ll have a free bouncy castle, puppet making, tennis coaching, food stalls, and visitors including the RSPB, Maryhill Burgh Halls and Free Wheel North.
We have been successful in applying for a grant from Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces fund – we will be using this grant to build a community garden on the derelict compound at the bowling greens.
The garden will have raised beds, a pathway, a pergola with rainwater collection on the roof, and compost bins. Construction will start in the next month, and we will need help – more to be announced soon.
Full details of what we will be building are in this file:
We have been asked to share this…
“I would be grateful if you could forward the following message to local people, groups and organisations known to you in the Canal and Maryhill/Kelvin ward areas. A paper copy of the survey could also be provided where required.
Canal Area Partnership has an annual Area Budget of £68,012 to be spent on community activity to enhance Ward 16 whilst Maryhill/Kelvin has an annual budget of £67,143. Applications are currently welcome from not for profit groups/organisations for project activity and/or small capital spend.
In June 2015, Glasgow City Council approved proposals relating to the way in which the Area Budget is allocated. A key proposal is for each Area Partnership to identify investment priorities to guide how their Area Budget is allocated within the ward from 2016/17.
As a part of the engagement process we would love to hear your views on what you believe the Canal or Maryhill/Kelvin Area Partnership Budgets could be allocated towards in future. You are invited to complete a short survey by following the link below:
I would be grateful if responses could be forwarded to me no later than Friday 8 January 2016.
We really appreciate your time and are looking forward to hearing your opinion!
Partnership & Development Officer
Glasgow City Council – Democratic Services
Partnership & Development (North West Team)”
Inadequate drainage is a big problem in the Park, making the ground very waterlogged in places and also allowing water to run over the paths which then freezes in winter, hazardous for walkers. The Volunteers have decided to make fixing the Park drainage a priority.
So far, we have used a metal detector to find and mark the drains that exist in the Park, and have also mapped them:
Then, starting at the Maryhill Road entrance, we have been working our way up the Lime Avenue, digging out the drains and clearing or digging new gullys along the sides of the path. Some drains are in very good condition:
Others have been replaced with steel plates which have rusted in place, so we have drilled holes in the plates to allow drainage:
These should still drain well, providing they’re regularly kept clear of detritus. Other drains have been blocked with pieces of wood or concrete, we plan to swap decent gratings from little-used drains to these places where they would be more useful. Another problem is that in some places new benches have been installed with no thought to drainage – in fact in one place the tarmac appears to be over a drain. We are digging channels behind these benches to allow water to flow past.
We have mostly finished the Lime Avenue drainage, we plan to continue around the Park. We have also been investigating near the playpark, where the water regularly floods over the path. the metal detector found a drain off to the side of the path which we have dug out – it backs up and overflows in very wet weather, but drains normally most of the time, so we plan to improve the gully to this drain to prevent the path flooding in normal circumstances. In very heavy rain the path may still flood, but we have also dug a channel on the other side of the path to allow floodwater to drain off the path.