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Come along and join us in Hillhead library for our Christmas craft fair on the 22nd of November, 10-4pm. Children can enter the drawing competition.
We are delighted to announce that The Children’s Wood was a finalist in the environmental category of the ‘People Make Glasgow’ Inspiring City Awards. As one of the only non-professional outfits on the shortlist, it’s a testament to the volunteers, teachers, and parents who contribute to running and organising events.
A big thank-you to everyone, you make the Children’s Wood!
In the coming months we have three more events on the cards including our spooky Hallowe’en celebrations, and another freecycle event. Check out these beautiful flyers from our volunteer flyer-artist in residence –
Do get in touch if you feel you can donate a few hours to help us in run events on the day or organising beforehand, every hour helps lighten the load!
Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival
Groups come together to offer three weeks of wild fun in Glasgow with long-term ambition of creating more urban homes for nature. The Children’s Wood are excited to be involved.
The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival launched on the 9th of September with a flower bike ride which Tam Dean Burn was involved with. They came to the wood and planted seeds. The three weeks of events are designed to encourage people in the city to get closer to wildlife.
Over 20 organisations and six schools are involved in the festival, which offers a wide-range of activities, from storytelling to canoe trips. There will be an outdoor screening of the film Project Wild Thing, foraging walks, art events, open days, and even jam making.
The festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland flagship initiative that aims to bring people together to create more space for the wildlife that shares our city.
RSPB Scotland’s Fiona Weir, said: “Glasgow is a city that’s bursting with exciting wildlife, but it’s easily overlooked. We’re hoping this festival will help to re-connect people in Glasgow with the city’s hidden green spaces, as well as inspiring them to get outside and do something for nature!
“We’ve tried to include as many opportunities and events as possible at sites across the city, to give everyone and anyone the chance to get involved. Many of the events are free, most are suitable for families and children, and you certainly don’t need to know anything about wildlife to come along and take part.”
Sites and organisations involved include Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Tramway, Grow Wild Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council. Several community gardens are also taking part, including Cranhill Park, North Kelvin Meadow, Woodlands Community Garden, Govanhill Baths and Shettleston Community Growing Project.
Emily Cutts from Children’s Wood at North Kelvin Meadow, said: “Glasgow has great parks and green spaces, however many are underused and undervalued. As a consequence both nature and people have been suffering. The Wildlife Garden Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate nature and to encourage people outside more.
“Wildlife plays an important role in the health and well-being within any city and it’s great to see it becoming the central focus across Glasgow in September. Hopefully people can build on these events to create a more sustainable and flourishing city. We’re proud to be playing a part in this process.”
Artwork for the festival showing a stylized map in the shape of a swift, has been created by Glasgow artist Libby Walker. The map shows some of the key species that specially chosen ‘ambassador’ schools will be helping to champion during the festival and in the longer term, including bumblebees, house sparrows, hedgehogs and water voles.
The Children’s Wood will have activities running for 14 local schools over the festival, a weekly Saturday Outdoor Learning Club for all ages of children 10-12pm and a Wednesday outdoor playgroup 10-12pm.
Children’s Wood education group, which is made up of mostly local teachers, have helped to create an education pack as part of Tam’s Book’s on a Bike legacy. We’d like to thank Joni MacKay, Susie Marshall, Anna Cook, Claire Mceachran and Sorcha Dallas. The pack will be on our website soon, and we’ll be handing out some of these activities at our Garden Festival events on the 11th and 23rd of September.