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North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood community gathering

By on January 14, 2016

North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood campaigners have organised a community gathering and bonfire for all day Saturday (Jan 16) to show support ahead of Glasgow city council’s site visit towards the end of the month.

The aim of Saturday’s gathering is to help local people find out more about the campaign and the Children’s Wood planning application to keep the land – the former sports playing fields at Kelbourne-Sanda-Clouston streets – wild and for the community.

Children’s Wood chair Emily Cutts says: “People feel like this is their land and we want to keep it that way”.

The city council’s planning committee will visit the meadow and wood on January 26 before a decision later that day on The Children’s Wood proposal and the New City Vision application, which would mean building 90 homes on the land.

In addition to music, banner-making, and story-telling at Saturday’s gathering at the meadow and wood, the Outdoor Learning Club will still take place from 10am onwards.

The Children’s Wood, already an award-winning project, has been Highly Commended in the Community category of the RSPB Nature Scotland Awards 2015.

Background – North Kelvin Meadow and the Children’s Wood covers an area between Clouston, Sanda and Kelbourne Streets, in North Kelvinside. Previously the Clouston Street playing fields, it has become a multi-use community green space for local people over many years. Glasgow City Council aim to progress plans to designate the area for housing, as part of issue H023 in the Glasgow City Local Development Plan and sell the space on to a developer. The Children’s Wood, a Scottish charity now working with many Glasgow schools in the delivery of outdoor learning programmes on the meadow, argue the council have failed to follow its own policy of consultation on the re-use of former sports pitches or recognise the changed educational and community use of the meadow and wood.

Find out more about the North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood campaign see northkelvinmeadow.com and thechildrenswood.com

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