Category: Growing


July/August Newsletter out now

July-August CW

Look What We’ve Found On the Meadow and Wood

Over the past few years we have been working with the wider community to identify what species can be found on the Children’s Wood and Meadow. It is surprising how many creatures live on our Dear Wild Place. Our recorded collection is growing and this is all thanks to the RSPB and their Bioblitz tool.  The RSPB will join us on the  1st of June 1-4pm for another Bioblitz. Come and join us

The RSPB have supported us with all sorts of activities from putting up house sparrow boxes, planting meadow plots and running Bioblitz sessions.

A Bioblitz  is

an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period (e.g., usually 24 hours).

During our bioblitz periods we have trapped and identified moths, spotted different birds, found a range of flower and tree species and delved into a world of insects and bugs. Our land is host to a huge number of interesting and diverse species. Here are just a few we have spotted:

Goldfinch

Two Spotted Ladybirds

Dog Rose

Waxwing

 

 

Have a look at our growing species list which can be found on the Glasgow Natural History website

Wild Festival and Gala

Wild Festival and Gala

It’s that time of year again when our community comes together for the West End Festival. There will be gardening and planting, Bioblitz of species with the RSPB (a recording process for identifying the species on the land, you can be part of this legacy), outdoor cooking, street play with Operation Play Outdoors and our infamous Dog Show (to take part in the dog show you can send in pictures under different categories to chidlrenswood@gmail.com – more information will be posted soon about this)

Waterstones Byres Road will join us to sell copies of our book The Dear Wild Place. The wonderful children’s theatre company Eco Drama will be on the land for their new performance about birds called Whirlybird.

Bring a neighbour, friend, picnic and join us to celebrate the first day of the West -end Festival. Remember, if you are joining us then please take all rubbish away and leave the land as good as you found it, or better.

If you are local and would like to volunteer or be part of the event please email us childrenswood@gmail.com

Date 1st June

Time 12-4pm

 

Volunteer Action Weekend

Come and join local community members to make a difference to the garden and the land. Experienced gardener Christine will be on the land all day with lots of gardening jobs needing done. 10-4pm on Saturday 18th May

Wild about Waste in the Wood

There are various different forms of composting and waste recycling on the land. Join one of Nikki’s workshops to find out what can be composted and how you can get involved in the process.

11am-12pm worm farming
1pm-2pm composting
3pm-4pm dog poo wormery

Flower Power: The Land Needs You

Planting extravaganza 

when – 2nd March 11-2pm

where – Community Garden on North Kelvin Meadow

Come and join the community in supporting the development and biodiversity of the land. Seeds and plants will survive in the land much better after being cultivated at home first.

Collect seeds from us, plant them in a small pot and take them home to grow. After a few weeks you can bring them back to the land to plant.

Together we can do more for the land including increasing biodiversity, supporting the wild aspect of the land and also creating more colour throughout the year.

Everyone is welcome

Meet our new Community Gardeners

Christine – Hello. I’m the new community gardener. I’ve been in the community development field for 35 years and I’m now working as a freelance gardener as it’s been my life long passion. I’m here on a Wednesday from 11-1 and I’m looking for volunteers to help prepare the community garden for Spring. I can’t wait to get to everyone and cook a big pot of soup with our produce next year!

 

Christine, Community Gardener

Stacey – I’ll be working with the gardening project as part of my university placement. I am currently in my 3rd year studying Community Development at the University of Glasgow. I’ve been in the community development sector for 5 years and in the past 2 years I have been leading a gardening project for young people where they have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables and cook yummy meals with their produce! I’m passionate about social change and equality. I can’t wait to get to stuck in and get my hands dirty! I hope to see you soon!

Community Development Worker

Stacey is also one of our youth workers at the G20 Youth Festival. More will be on here about that project soon.

Tree Planting Day

Join us for a day of tree planting in The Children’s Wood!

Saturday 18th November: 10am – 3pm.

Everyone welcome! Hot drinks provided.

Please bring your own lunch or snack and dress for the Scottish weather. Gardening gloves and sturdy footwear recomended.

– – We have received around 300 trees from The Woodland Trust and will be planting these following guidelines provided in our most recent tree survey.

Following the professional advice given our aim is to improve the biodiversity and wildlife habitats in The Childrens Wood. We will be planting trees and hedging packs that will improve the under-storey and soil quality of the woodland.

The tree survey is available on the land for anyone to read – you will find it hanging on the notice board. Please take the time to read through this if you have any queries. – –

And join us on Saturday to contribute to the health and sustainability of this precious woodland, watch YOUR tree grow as you visit for years to come.