Category: What’s On

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 – 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

Date 1st June

Time 12-4pm


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

Children’s Wood Newsletter

Percy The Park Keeper

Percy will be back in the Children’s Wood on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 12:30pm. You can meet Percy the Park Keeper and hear a few stories about Percy and his animal friends. There will be a chance to help with gardening and planting on the land after the story has finished.


Percy the Park Keeper



Building Mental Health

Over the last several decades the rise in mental illness has increased both locally in Scotland and the UK, as well as globally across the world. The World Health Organisation now recognises that depression is the leading cause of disability world wide.  The evidence suggests that there are different things we can do to help prevent, minimise and manage these depression levels – especially for mild to moderate depression.

The Children’s Wood has been focusing on the prevention of mental illness through working with schools and the community to get children outside and to help support good mental health. We have a strong belief that by starting as early as possible to promote  healthy lifestyle habits then we can make a bigger impact on the child’s later life.   There is so much more that we could be doing to support adult mental health and this is something we want to focus on.  Though we have been working on this obliquely through our community events and bringing people to the land, we do recognise that there is so much more that could be done, especially to support the local health services.

This is why when we came across The Conservation Volunteers  Five Ways to Well being (5WW) Programme we were very keen for them to lead the 6 week programme on the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. The 5WW programme is an evidenced based course which focuses around 5 different ways to build mental  well-being: Learning, Giving, Noticing, Connecting and Being active. Anyone is welcome to come along to these sessions.  If you are a doctor, health centre or a community organisation then you can let patients/clients know about this course.  You can find out more through the flyers below.    We have applied for funding so that hopefully we can continue this programme over the next year and a half. The course begins on Friday 16th February, 1-3pm and is on for 6 weeks.

Harvest Market

The Children’s Wood Harvest Market 2017


Come and join us on the 8th of October for an afternoon of activities and stalls.  Activities include pickling workshops, natural dying, foraging and pizza making. Plus outdoor play and fun. There will be local crafters selling their creations and  food stalls.

There will also be storytelling 12pm and 2pm with Allison Galbraith and Yoga at 1pm and 3pm.







Making the invisible visible

Making the Invisible Visible

by Shanna Mitchell


This year as part of EDS awareness month we (The EDS UK) are hosting an EDS fun day in the Children’s Wood Glasgow. The aim of this event is to:

  • Raise awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD).
  • There will be an awareness information stall and lots of fun activities for all.
  • The fun day will take place at The Children’s Wood, North Kelvinside Meadow, an accessible outdoor space.
  • The event starts at 12noon and ends at 4pm.
  • The event will be attended by people with EDS & HSD, their family, friends, carers and is open to members of the public.
  • The event is being sponsored by the Forestry Commission Scotland and is supported by Ehlers-Danlos UK, the Children’s Wood and Operation Play Outdoors.It is our hope that this event will benefit both people affected by EDS & HSD, as well as members of the public who may be unaware of EDS & HSD and need additional information.Individuals who are disabled/chronically unwell often struggle to access natural, outdoor spaces. We hope that this event will give people with EDS & HSD the opportunity to visit and enjoy an accessible outdoor space.Many studies have researched the health benefits of being in nature and have found that it has positive health benefits on mental health, focus and short term memory. EDS & HSD are multi-systemic conditions which can be taxing on an individual’s physical and mental health. We are hoping that a day spent relaxing, exploring and having fun in The Children’s Wood will have a positive impact on all who come along.
EDS family fun day

EDS family fun day

We want to unite our zebra community from across Scotland and step out of the shadow of social media to raise awareness in public with the wider community. We want people to get a better sense of what EDS & HSD are, what it means to live with them and to better understand them and the complex comorbid conditions in order to “Make Our Invisible Visible”.

There will be lots of fun activities for all the family – come along to try some arts and crafts, take part in some campfire activities, listen to some storytelling, build your own den or even get your face painted! You’re also welcome to simply come along to relax and enjoy the lovely environment of the Children’s Wood – bring your own beanbags or cushions to relax in style! There will be plenty of opportunities to chat with others, share experiences and learn more about EDS & HSD as well.

What is Ehlers Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD)?

Ehlers Danlos Syndromes (EDS) are a group of heritable connective tissue disorders that alter collagen in the body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and essentially acts as the glue which holds the body together. This therefore means that people with EDS can experience a range of complex and multi-systemic problem such as joint hypermobility which results in dislocations and subluxations, chronic pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, heart problems, internal organ ruptures, brain fog, cervical instability, unitary dysfunction and other symptoms.

There are 13 main types of EDS, these are rare conditions, however the most common type, Hypermobile EDS (hEDS), is often misdiagnosed and under- diagnosed and is unique as the cause is completely unknown unlike the other types.

Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) are a group of conditions related to joint hypermobility (JH) and just like Hypermobile EDS (hEDS) people with HSD can have multi-systematic problems. There is no cure for EDS and HSD, but early diagnosis is key as it can save lives, provide management, care and tools to live.

Awareness is very important, but even more important than this is “Action”. People with EDS & HSD deserve to have access to appropriate medical care and support in Scotland.

It is my hope that this article will raise awareness and help educate the public about Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) and to bring hope to the EDS & HSD community across Scotland.

Please come along, enjoy and support us at our fun day on the 20th of May (from 12 – 4pm). It’ll be great fun for all the family!
The Ehlers-Danlos Support UK is the only UK based charity that exclusively represents and supports people with all types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes
(EDS). The EDS UK is a charity registered in Scotland (SC046712) and in England and Wales (1157027). There are four regional groups in Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness), lead by volunteers who are affected by EDS and HSD. Most groups have support group meetings on a regular basis and we have been doing this since 2014.

EDS & HSD Awareness Scotland is an action group run by a group of volunteers who are affected by EDS & HSD.The group was

established in early 2017 to raise

awareness of EDS/HSD and to lobby for greater care and support for those with EDS/HSD in

Best Christmas present ever


Amazing news for the Maryhill community before Christmas.  The Scottish Government ministers reject the New City Vision plans to build 90 houses on The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. This draws a line under a long running battle to save the area from a housing development. Thanks to everyone in the local community and beyond for contributing to todays success.


The Children’s Fair 27th November

Do come and join us for this year’s Christmas Fair.  We have an exciting line up of stalls and activities. The event will happen in Hillhead Library from 1pm -4pm Sunday 27th November.    (more…)

Community Halloween Celebration