Save this date: 20th October, 11am. City Chambers (bus leaving meadow and wood at 10:15am)
Come and join us this Saturday, 3rd October, for spring planting on the meadow and in the wood.
We received an email from Glasgow City Council planning officer Ian Briggs on the 24th of September 2015. The email informs us that both our planning application 15/01223/DC “Use of site as community woodland and park (sui Generis)” and the New City Vision plan 12/00924/DC “Erection of residential development with associated parking, landscaping and vehicular access and demolition of existing structures.” are scheduled to be presented at the Planning Applications Committee on the 20th of October 2015.
The Department’s reports and recommendations are currently being prepared, and will be available on the Friday before the committee meeting, 16th October. This will tell us what the planning officer is recommending i.e. whether they will accept or reject our plan for a community woodland and park, and whether they will accept or reject the developers plans for 90 residences on the land.
We will post more information on here about the timings and we invite you all to George Square on the 20th to show the strength of feeling in the community and beyond for saving the meadow and wood as a community resource. Please keep checking the website for more information.
We were initially told that both the developer’s New City Vision and our own planning application would be considered at the end of July — and since then this continued to slip. Most recently we understood the applications would be considered on the 29th September. We have now learned the date will be 20th October. Thank you for all of your support and words of encouragement.
Wednesday playgroups, 10-12pm
Tuesday schools events, various
Saturday morning outdoor learning club, 10-12pm
31st October: Halloween lantern parade and shadow puppet show, bat identification, pumpkin soup, meadow and wood in the dark
23rd – 29th November: Book Week events in the Children’s Wood
29th November: Showing of the Divide: What Happens When the Rich Get Richer
Date TBC: Make my Council Fair campaign Glasgow Equality Trust and Children’s Wood
We had fun at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Award nominations last week in the Scottish Parliament. We were delighted to find out that we had been nominated in the Community Initiative Category. Also in this category are two other exciting community projects: Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust and Space to Grow; a growing project in The Wyndford estate led by The Conservation Volunteers. The winners will be announced in Edinburgh on the 19th of November 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
We’d like to thank everyone in the community for making this nomination possible. As you may know, The Children’s Wood on North Kelvin Meadow, and the Meadow itself, makes up the last wild space in the west-end of Glasgow. The Children’s Wood is a grassroots community initiative to get children and the community outside into their local greenspace; 100’s of local volunteers are working together to make positive change. There are multiple weekly volunteer-led activities such as outdoor play sessions and playgroups and 14 schools and nurseries can – and do – walk to the land for outdoor learning. In addition, the local communities use the land as an “outdoor community centre”, growing fresh produce, exercising, and hosting regular community events.
Events coming up soon are:
Weekly schools events, playgroups and growing groups
Halloween festival 31st October: lighting up the meadow and wood at night, shadow puppet show, storytelling, pumpkin soup making, bat identification walks, Halloween treasure hunt, and our annual lantern parade
Book Week 23rd – 29th November. Events include the Scottish premiere of The Divide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATYaLut0dEg (released to cinemas next March, 2016) and Make My Council Fair workshops.
We’ll be posting more details about events on the website soon….
As many of you will know, North Kelvin Meadow where we hold the majority of our activities both those for public and for schools, is under threat from council plans to sell the land for development following successful approval of a planning application from New City Vision for high end flats. As a positive step, The Children’s Wood have submitted its own planning application to retain the character and use of the land (more about this here). We were initially told that both the developer’s New City Vision and our own planning application would be considered at the end of July — and since then this continued to slip. Most recently we understood the applications would be considered on the 29th September. We have now learned the date will slip again into October, with no date yet fixed. Many thanks for all the words of encouragement and support in the face of this uncertainty; we will keep updated with dates, and any positive action we can and will take to ensure the value of the land to our local community is understood.
We’re excited to present our first Guest Blog by The Children’s Wood supporter Sue Palmer. Sue is author of Toxic Childhood and chair of Upstart – a campaign to introduce a kindergarten stage for children aged three to seven.
Earlier this summer, a group of parents, early years practitioners, primary teachers and other professionals involved in the care of young children began developing a campaign called Upstart. Its aim is the introduction of a play-based, developmentally-appropriate kindergarten stage for Scottish children aged three to seven. We hope to launch the campaign officially in Spring 2016.
One of the principles of kindergarten education is that children should be able to play outdoors – preferably in natural surroundings – as often as possible, so The Children’s Wood is a great community facility for local nurseries and children in the early years of primary education. We’re organising a meeting on the 21st of September in the Landsdown pub in Glasgow (off Great Western Road) from 7-9pm, so please come and meet us.
Curriculum for Excellence and other Scottish policy documents supports a kindergarten-style approach to education up to the age of about seven but – owing to deep-seated cultural expectations about ‘schooling’ and the influence of current English early years policies – it’s never been properly implemented. A video on this subject, Big Picture, Small Children, adapted from a presentation we recently gave to the Cabinet Secretary of State for Education and Lifelong Learning, can be found on the Upstart website (www.upstart.scot).
There’s also a growing body of evidence that too early a start on academic learning has no long-term advantages for children’s learning but can cause serious problems in terms of their physical, social and emotional health. Information about the key research studies can be found in the ‘Evidence’ section of the Upstart website. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date about this, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children’s Wood will be hosting another FREEcycle event this Sunday, 13th September 12-4pm. The basic idea for the event is that people bring along good condition items they don’t use or want and swap them for other items they might need. The object of the event is to have nothing left over. There will be a drop off point this Saturday, 12th September 7-9pm, at Kelbourne Street scout hall, if you can’t make it then send us an email email@example.com or give us a call 07762029663. Please bring items to the hall then.
We will also be collecting for the Maryhill Foodbank, please have a look at the flyer to see what items to bring along.
On the 13th there will lots of opportunities for outdoor play and fun, including a fire outside. We’ll have our usual cafe set up in the scout hall. Sue Palmer will be at the event if people would like to find out more about her Upstart campaign to create a kindergarten stage from 3-7 years. We hope to see you then!