Harvest Festival

See you this Sunday! Join the community for a celebration of harvest time, apple pressing, storytelling, planting and the wonderful amazing Barrowband. 

 

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Your community space needs your help!

Calling all volunteers! Your community space needs your help!
We are planning on running regular volunteering sessions again, starting in the next couple of weeks. Many hands make light work and we couldn’t have got the land to the place it is now without the help of our fantastic volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering in our community garden, helping with events or doing odd jobs around the meadow and woodland then please get in touch with us by email – childrenswoodcommunity@gmail.com
Let us know what your availability is and any particular interests or skills that you have.
Alternatively, pop along to the community garden on Wednesday afternoon from 1pm – 3.30pm and catch up with us for a chat about how you can be involved.

 

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Love our Land

Come and join us this Friday for maintenance jobs and gardening on the land.    Everyone is welcome and you can  drop in for a short time or stay all day.  11-3pm. childrenswood@gmail.com

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Gruffalo in the wood

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We are recruiting

WE ARE RECRUITING!

Sadly, Jayson is leaving us and moving on to a full time permanent position in Fife. We’d like to send on our best wishes Jayson and his family who have played a part in meadow and wood life over the past few years.We’d like to say thank you Jayson’s hard work over the past few months in this job role. He has implemented some positive changes to the land which make the meadow and wood look even more amazing and he has encouraged more people within the community to get involved.

We are now recruiting for someone to take over Jayson’s part time position. The job role will last until March 2017, with the possibility of extending. Please submit CV’s to childrenswood@hotmail.com no later than 20th July.

Schools & Community Engagement Officer (10 HR PT @ £21k equivalent FT)
Role Responsibilities
• delivery of the Children’s Wood Sustainable Futures Program outcomes and targets
• maintain a personal implementation plan and record against owned target metrics
• facilitate community use of greenspace
• application and development of suitable resources
• support in breaking barriers to outdoor participation and tackling inequality
• seek collaborative projects to support Children’s Wood charitable goals
• facilitate improvements to maintenance, reporting and planning of activities
• maintain the relevant web pages with respect to events and activities
• support further fundraising and proposal preparation to sustain operations into the future
Management
• report to line manager and trustees on activities
• attend monthly meetings with line manager, and if requested, monthly committee meetings
• record activities against timesheets and manage a small operations budget
• perform any reasonable tasks as requested by their line manager in line with charitable goals
• ensure compliance to charity’s constitution, child protection policy and legal obligations
• act in a manner reflecting The Children’s Wood values as determined by trustees

Expected Attributes
• enthusiasm for working with children and community members in outdoor setting
• ability for flexible and autonomous working against high level outcomes
• willingness to work outdoors in a urban woodland environment in all weathers
• knowledge of the curriculum for excellence and/or experience of community engagement
• experience in urban woodland and meadow maintenance and use
• experience engaging with a diverse section of society
• first aid, teaching or outdoor learning qualifications
• be fully disclosed for working with children (CRB checked, can be facilitated by charity)

Scottish Reporters recommend deleting housing proposal H023 in City Plan 3

Scottish Reporters recommend deleting housing proposal H023 in City Plan 3

Brilliant news! the appointed Scottish Reporters have deleted the housing proposal for the meadow and wood in City Plan 3.

There are two issues currently related to North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood:

1. The way the land is zoned in the plan for the City, in City Plan 3: housing or open space. This has been with Scottish Government reporters since last year and he and his team have decided, after thorough investigation, that the housing proposal for the site should be deleted in the forthcoming plan.

2. The specific housing application submitted by New City Vision for housing which was ‘called in’ by the Scottish Government. A reporter has been appointed and he has indicated that there will be a public inquiry or hearing soon.

Given the deletion of the housing proposal for the site in City Plan 3, we cannot see how the specific housing proposal submitted by New City Vision can be given the green light. Here is what the reporters said about North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood in their report for City Plan 3:

“the land at Clouston Street is a highly valued open space which is well used and maintained by the local community, and which should continue to be safeguarded for that purpose. Its development for housing would be in conflict with planning policies which seek to protect such areas. I have therefore decided to modify the Proposed Plan by deleting Housing Proposal H023”

This result is a huge step forward and a wonderful recognition that this land is valued, maintained and has a future that should be preserved.

If you wish to read the report you can find it through the link below, the report can be found on page 290 to page 304.
http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=115843

“On entering the website, click on the tab “Examination Report” in the middle of the page and then under the “Document Name” tab, click on the blue highlighted “Report” document. The report will then download and you then click “open” to read the report.”

Well done and thank you to all the organisations and individuals who have loved and fought for our land over more than 20 years.

 

The Children’s Wood AGM

Friday 24th June 7:30-9:30pm.  Maryhill Community Centre. Avenue Park Street.  See the flyer below for a map.

Come and celebrate with us this Friday and find out more about our plans and how you can get involved.

 

Did you receive a letter/email?

You may have received a letter or email today from The Scottish Government about the high end housing development that was ‘called-in’ for further scrutiny. If you are happy for us to represent your objection letter at the inquiry or hearing then you do not need to respond to the letter from the Government.

As you may know the Children’s Wood has full planning permission from Glasgow City Council to develop the land as a community garden and greenspace. We now have two funded employees working on the land to build community and grow the land: Andrea Fisher and Jayson Byles.  They have been working with schools and the community: running sessions, building meadow patches, raised beds, compost bins and planting.  We plan to do more for the community and we have funding to upgrade the existing shed. This puts us in a strong position for acquiring the land for the community and stopping any future housing development. We’ve asked both the City, and now the Government, to either lease or sell the land to us through the Community Empowerment Act when the housing application is rejected.

We will be drawing in the relevant people/groups from the community and beyond when the reporter decides on whether he will use a hearing or an inquiry as his method of investigation. So when it comes to the investigation there will many difference voices speaking against the development plan and for the alternative plan of community empowerment.