Sunday, 28 October 2018

Black History Month - Sharing Stories

Yesterday, I attended a book launch, "New Shoots, Old Roots", by the African & Caribbean Women's Association at the Glasgow Women's Library. This lively event supported a sharing of stories by women from African and Caribbean backgrounds living in Scotland.

 Cover of the book "New Shoots, Old Roots"

The stories told in the book should be shared widely to promote better understanding of Scotland's history. To promote health and wellbeing, there is a need to ensure this history of an older generation of women is shared with new migrants and a wide range of educational institutions. 

The African & Caribbean Women's Association supports awareness raising about Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia as well as promoting social welfare, recreation and leisure to improve the lives of its members and their children. 

Celebrate Allotment Heritage

I attended a Glasgow Allotment Forum's event on 6th October where I received information about an exhibition "War and Peas" taking place from 5th November to 17th December 2018, at the Mitchell Library. 
War and Peas Booklet is available.

The exhibition will tell the stories of Glasgow's WW1 allotments and detail why food growing was a vital part of home-front life.

Cycling on the John Muir Way

Between 14th - 18th October, I made a cycle trip along the John Muir Way from Balloch to Dunbar. It was a chance to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Scottish Canals and a series of woodlands that were full of autumn colours. The days were dry and sunny. I had overnight stays in Blanefield, Falkirk, South Queensferry and Longniddry. 

Litter issues are a concern for the communities on the John Muir Way, especially at Blackness and Dunbar. Specific local signs to discourage littering were on display.

Blackness, Firth of Forth


On the route, there was evidence of interest in food growing as there were community garden projects in place. In Falkirk, there are raised beds with kitchen vegetables in the main shopping area. On the Water of Leith Walkway, I found raised beds growing vegetables and flowers.


Edinburgh - Balgreen Community Garden

I came across wildflower meadows at several places including Saughton Park and Davidson Mains Park in Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh - Davidson Mains Park

This cycling experience has developed my knowledge of the natural heritage of Central Scotland. Also, I was able to access iconic features of our landscape such as the Falkirk Wheel and Forth Railway Bridge.