During 2017 and 2018 Community Rewilding will be taking place in three areas of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley – Greenock, Clydebank and Yoker. To find out how these areas were identified check out the ‘project background’ page.
There are lots of large greenspaces in Greenock, including Coves Reservoirs, Lyle Hill, Gourock Park, and Tower Hill, and most of them have spectacular views over the River Clyde and to the mountains beyond!
Coves Reservoir has become the site of one of TCV’s newest Green Gyms which started in April 2017 with weekly sessions running since then. Joining a Green Gym is a fantastic way of getting outdoors, meeting new people, helping to improve your local area and improving your fitness as you do it. For more information please contact Rebecca Strofton.
We have also teamed up with the Inverclyde Pollinator Corridor project to help transform two unused sites into wildflower havens for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Both sites will come alive with a variety of colours of flowers, bee homes and creative features to encourage bees and butterflies to make it their home.
Faifley Knowes is a large site right in the middle of Faifley and is popular with families and dog walkers. As well as woodland, grassland and a small burn it also has sports pitches and a good network of paths.
We kicked off the project in Faifley with a big family tree planting day in March of 2017. A new volunteering group has also been set up giving interested local residents the opportunity to get involved in improving their local patch. The group meets once a week to carryout a variety of tasks including woodland thinning, wildflower meadow creation, path maintenance and habitat creation. Keep an eye on the events page for more details about what the group are getting up to next.
TCV have been working with West Dunbartonshire Council to develop ideas for improving Faifley Knowes for people and wildlife and there have been ongoing community consultations where residents have their say about what they’d like to see happen at Faifley Knowes. Then through regular volunteer days they can get involved in making those ideas happen!
There aren’t many large greenspaces in Yoker but there are plenty of smaller sites which can be just as important for wildlife and for people. Private gardens, community gardens, school playgrounds and areas on the fringes of the N7 cycle path all have the potential to support a variety of plants, be fantastic habitats for animals and be attractive greenspaces for the people of Yoker to use and enjoy.
TCV are working with Glasgow City Council and the Yoker Housing Association to develop some neglected community garden spaces at the rear of Sandholm Terrace into a community garden. Events will continue to be held at which local residents can put forward their ideas for what they would like to see in the community garden. If you’d like to get involved in the gardens at Sandholm Terrace or if you know of another mini greenspace in the Yoker area that could benefit from some attention – get in touch!