Best Christmas present ever

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Amazing news for the Maryhill community before Christmas.  The Scottish Government ministers reject the New City Vision plans to build 90 houses on The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. This draws a line under a long running battle to save the area from a housing development. Thanks to everyone in the local community and beyond for contributing to todays success.

The The Scottish Government report states that the main reasons for rejecting the plans for housing are 1/ Loss of Open space – inappropriate mitigation for all the multifuntional uses e.g. for schools and the community and 2/loss of biodiversity

This result will set a precedent for other areas and could help to change the policy around land and community empowerment.

We plan to keep on working with the community to build well-being and resilience and to create meaningful change in turbulent times. The Children’s Wood project was granted full planning permission for a community park and garden earlier this year and we will be approaching the council about leasing or buying the land. Our project  helps to meet the councils strategic development plan and their City Plan 3 so it would be great to work with them on this.

The Children’s Wood plans include creating a community hub and treehouse village, outdoor classroom and developing the meadow and wood.

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Tam Dean Burn, actor
The people of Glasgow have been working on this for so long. It’s great that the Scottish Government are listening to them.

Katherine Jones
RSPB communications

” This news is a fabulous Christmas present for all the children who have found fun, inspiration and a special connection with nature at the Childrne’s Wood. We are delighted that there will, at last, be security for the future of this wonderful project and the special place that they have nurtured in our city. The Children’s Wood are an inspiration for other communities and we look forward to continuing to work with them and seeing the next generation of conservationsists emerge”

Kate Dickie
Actress, Game of Thrones

“I’ve just heard the wonderful news that the Children’s Wood and Meadow has been saved. Bravo to our community for all of their tireless campaigning.It’s the best Christmas Present for the kids ever”

Marguerite Hunter Blair
CEO, Play Scotland

I am delighted to hear that the campaign to save the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow has been successful. This decision is a wonderful testimony to community leadership and green spaces. The support by local people for this campaign has been inspirational and all consuming. I hope they can now relax and enjoy their lovely Wood and Meadow, as will future generations.

Michael Dale,

West-end Festival

Glasgow’s West-end Festival has already held number of exciting events at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. We are delighted that this wonderful local venue has been secured and look forward to many more imaginative collaborations i with the Children’s Wood. There are a real shortage of venues in the west-end and The Children’s Wood and meadow plays a vital role in providing a creative and imaginative space.

Emily Cutts

Children’s Wood
“This is brilliant news. I think the result shows that fatalism need not prevail and that communities can make a diifference. I hope that our success today will show other communities that they can succeed too. It’s great that the government recognise that this is not nimbyism and that we have created valuable and sustainable activities like our work with 20 schools, our outdoor clubs, community events and other growing projects which tackle some of the most urgnet 21st century needs. Our community have put so much energy into this project ,and over so many years, we really think that the motto People Make Glasgow sums up this milestone event and we hope that Glasgow City Council will collaborate with us in the future.

 

 

 

The Children’s Fair 27th November

Do come and join us for this year’s Christmas Fair.  We have an exciting line up of stalls and activities. The event will happen in Hillhead Library from 1pm -4pm Sunday 27th November.   the-childrens-wood_flayer_a5_2016-11-02_front_002

Glasgow City Council rubber-stamp ‘no housing’ on Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow

Glasgow City Council have accepted that the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow cannot be zoned for housing; rubber-stamping the Scottish Reporter’s recommendation made last June to remove the housing zone for the land in the upcoming Local Development Plan.  This is a huge step forward for us and provides renewed hope that the New City Vision plans to build 90 houses on the land will soon also be rejected.

If you feel confused, this is normal because there are two separate issues to do with housing on Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow.

The first issue is related to the news today.  You may remember the success we had  back in in June this year? this success was to do with the future of the land and how it is zoned in the official upcoming Development Plan for the City.   Independent  Scottish Reporters investigated Glasgow City Council’s plans to  zone the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow for housing in the upcoming Development Plan for the City. The Reporters claimed that the land was highly valued and used by the local community, even in wet weather, and therefore recommending that Glasgow City Council  delete the plans to zone the land for housing in the upcoming City Plan 3. The success today is the adoption of these recommendations to delete the plans to zone the land for housing.   This is really just the council rubber-stamping the Government’s findings back in June.

The second issue is to do with the New City Vision plans to build 90 houses on the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow.  This is currently being decided by Scottish Ministers.  You may remember that the New City Vision plans were ‘called in’ by the Scottish Government  (i.e. to investigate the proposal to build on the land because it may be going against planning policies) after Glasgow City Council planning committee accepted the New City Vision plans to build on the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow at the  planning meeting in January.  A Scottish Reporter was appointed and conducted a Public Hearing in September this year.  He has finished his Report which is now with Scottish Ministers.  We hope that the good news today –  the acceptance by Glasgow City Council to delete the zoning for housing in the upcoming City Plan for  Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow – is a sign that the Ministers will reject the specific plans to build on the land.  Please get in touch with your local MSP, all ministers will be involved in this final decision and it could happen any day now.

In the background, we are pursuing Community Right to Buy and will be coming round the community to speak to local residents about this and to gather signatures for our application. The Children’s Wood has full planning permission  – granted on the same day as the New City Vision plans to build 90 residences – and so we hope that if the plans put forward by New City Vision to build high end housing on the land are rejected then Glasgow City Council will support our plans to acquire the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow so that it will be a community asset for years to come.

 

 

 

 

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Community Halloween Celebration

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The Wood and Meadow need YOU

The Scottish Reporter’s findings should be ready any day now.  This document will outline whether the New City Vision housing proposal to build 90 high end houses on The Children’s Wood and Meadow should be accepted or rejected.

This report will go to ministers for approval before it is made available to the public.  This is our last chance to make an impact on the planning process and to make sure that the Scottish Government do the right thing and reject plans to build on our highly valued and well used community resource.

Please email/write to the following ministers or your own MSP telling them why you value the land and why it should not be built on but saved for the future generations to enjoy. The ministers have a final say over the future of the land. You may want to also let ministers know about our sustainable futures project, and that we have full planning permission for a community park and garden as well as funding to make this a project and a space that will last for years to come.

This could be a test case for other areas. Together we can make a difference.

Thanks!

MSP Kevin Stewart Kevin.Stewart.msp@parliament.scot

MSP Angela Constance Angela.Constance.msp@parliament.scot

MSP Nicola Sturgeon Nicola.Sturgeon.msp@parliament.scot

 

 

 

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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