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Children’s Wood urge council to keep North Kelvin Meadow as a wild space

By on June 25, 2015

The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow are again calling on Glasgow city council to designate the area as a green space – and are urging supporters to object to housing development plans for the site by Monday (June 29).

With just four days to object to the proposals by New City Vision Ltd, the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow organisers are gathering support for their own plan to keep North Kelvin Meadow as a community woodland and garden.

North Kelvin Meadow is a former sports playing field that has become a well-used popular open space by the local community. The Children’s Wood project, festivals, concerts, storytelling, forestry, gardening and many other local events make the North Kelvin Meadow a treasured place for the people who visit and care for it.

Emily Cutts, chairperson of The Children’s Wood, said: “We hope that Glasgow city council see this as an opportunity to lead the way in creating spaces for children within communities. For over 20 years the people of Maryhill and North Kelvin have consistently resisted plans to build on the meadow and wood.

“With this planning application we hope to secure the land for future generations and put an end to the threat of development which has been preventing our community from truly flourishing. Glasgow has lots of parks and green spaces but very few wild spaces, or initiatives that actively encourage children and families to be outside in nature. By supporting our plan Glasgow City Council will be at the vanguard of creating a better future for communities across scotland and beyond.”

Part of a conservation area, North Kelvin Meadow spreads out between Sanda, Kelbourne and Clouston Streets. Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow argue plans for housing go against the council’s own sports pitches strategy that states the necessity for a community consultation if disposal of that space is considered.

* For more information on the meadow and the plans see northkelvinmeadow.com and thechildrenswood.com

Pictures: the recent Children’s Wood food and summer gala at North Kelvin Meadow

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