In The Dear Wild Place local campaigner Emily Cutts recounts her community’s successful David and Goliath struggle against housing development in Glasgow’s North Kelvin Meadow, also known as ‘the Children’s Wood’. Emily talks about the importance of green space for physical and mental health. She explains why getting children outdoors is crucially important for their well-being and outlines the innovative projects at the heart of the Children’s Wood campaign.
In conversation with Carol Craig, series editor for Postcards from Scotland, Emily also reveals how her campaign group galvanised their community to challenge the rampant materialism of modern life.
We are delighted to learn today that Emily Cutts of the Children’s Wood and Douglas Peacock of the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign have been jointly short-listed in the Observer newspaper’s Ethical Awards “unsung local hero” category. This is a shortlist of around 5 out of 300 entries nationwide. It is a very welcome recognition of all the hard work they have put in. They have of course immediately said that it is a team effort by the whole community, and so it is, but Emily and Douglas have by far the strongest vision and perseverance of us all.
The nation’s “unsung local hero” will be chosen from the shortlist by popular vote from now to 24th May. To vote for Emily and Douglas, click the big button below, and to see the shortlist follow this link.
If you are new to this site, please take a look around, to see details of all the activities past and future in the Children’s Wood, to see videos about the land and a few of our events, and to see the celebrities, organisations and individuals who are supporting us. Visit our Facebook page also for the latest details and gossip.
The land is subject to a live planning application, which will come before the Planning Committee in the next few weeks. Glasgow City Council want to sell it to a private property developer for luxury flats. If you think this green oasis should be saved, the simplest and fastest action is to sign our petition – see the panel on the right. Share this petition with your friends. Sending a letter of objection direct to the Planning Committee will add a lot more weight – follow the Planning Application – How to Oppose link at the top of the page. Thank you for any support you can give us. This land is too precious to be built on.
The North Kelvin Meadow Campaign and Children’s Wood came joint 3rd in the My Place Awards, from The Civic Trust. Emily and Quintin Cutts accepted the award on behalf of the North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood community. The ceremony took place in Glasgow’s Lighthouse, the award was presented by MSP Derek MacKay, minister for local government and planning. Please go along to the Lighthouse (level 2) and visit the exhibition where you can see information about all of the entrants.
“It would clearly be counterproductive to build on commonly used land, in the face of a huge public protest. We have to stop at some point and ask how many shoebox flats does Glasgow need? The way the land is currently used is delivering on a lot of the council’s strategies. Why are they putting money before the life of the community?”
“Wild spaces are invaluable to children, especially those growing up in
towns. They stimulate the imagination and nurture the spirit. Places
like the Children’s Wood within North Kelvin Meadow are hard to come
by in urban settings and so should be preserved at all costs.”
Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and Children’s Laureate
For decades we have restricted children’s freedom to play outdoors and there’s growing evidence that this trend is damaging their physical health and emotional well-being. We now have to take positive steps to ensure that children have easy access to wild spaces like the Children’s Wood in the North Kelvin Meadow. It would be a travesty if this special place for children disappeared under concrete.
Dr Carol Craig, CEO of The Centre for Confidence and Well-being
Come and listen to Carol talk at North Kelvin Meadow event on the 15th July
” Wild spaces are invaluable to children, especially those growing up in towns. They stimulate the imagination and nurture the spirit. Places like the Children’s Wood within North Kelvin Meadow are hard to come by in urban settings and so should be preserved at all costs.”
Quote from The Gruffalo author and Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson