Saturday, 31 July 2021

Reopening of Glasgow Club North Woodside

The re-opening of the Glasgow Club North Woodside is a boost for residents. I am very grateful that the oldest public swimming baths in Glasgow has opened its doors for swimming, and workout classes in the fitness studio and gym.

View of the entrance to Glasgow Club North Woodside

All activities must be booked in advance via the Glasgow Club app or online booking page for Glasgow Life. 

New wildflower meadow at Kelvingrove Art Gallery

This week, I found the new wildflower meadow in full bloom at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This has been supported by RSPB Scotland and Conservation Volunteers to encourage small mammals, birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species. 

View of the wildflowers

An extension of the coverage of wildflower meadows is part of activities in the city’s local Biodiversity Action Plan.  

Official opening of Claypits Nature Reserve

Today, there was an opening event held at the Claypits Local Nature Reserve, on the Forth and Clyde Canal. I attended to join in the celebrations and heard from various people involved from local groups e.g. Butterfly Conservation, Froglife, Youth Canal Forum, and Queens Cross Housing Association.

View of new path from the canal towpath to / from Garscube Road at Woodside Health Centre

There is a map showing the layout of the nature reserve.

View of the nature reserve with surface water drainage and the path to Hamiltonhill

I have been a long-term supporter of this greenspace having participated in the consultation workshops or charrettes discussing plans for the area during 2014 and 2015. 

The nature reserve is providing much needed accessible open space connecting Woodside and Hamiltonhill. It is helping canal regeneration for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Further progress with segregated cycle lane on Garscube Road

The segregated cycle lane on Garscube Road has been installed between St. Georges Road and Hinshaw Street in recent weeks. 

Junction of Hinshaw Street and Garscube Road

There is a significant improvement in safety for cyclists travelling to and from the Woodside Health and Social Care Centre. I hope that there will be more people will be encouraged to take up cycling as a result of the cycling infrastructure investment in this area.

Flowers blooming in North Kelvinside

During July, I have been enjoying regular walks within the North Kelvin area. The stairway between Melrose Gardens and Kelvinside Gardens East is a viewpoint with beautiful flowers established by the Dear Green Flower Farm.

View of flowers at the stairway

I am aware of the dedication and hard work of volunteers and supporters involved in the Dear Green Flower Farm. Their work is helping to create habitats for pollinators and encourages development of gardening skills to promote nature conservation.