The North Kelvinside meadow is a beautiful green space, children’s wood and horticultural paradise. It’s open and free to use for all members of the community – check the website, you can join in.
For 25 years the site of an old football pitch has grown into this urban meadow. The local community over the past 10 years has turned the overgrown jungle into their very own garden of Eden. They’ve pooled their skills together to build raised beds for planting vegetables, herbs and flowers, an orchard, an adventure playground with tree houses for children, social gathering spaces with fire pits, a BMX track and occasional sculpture park. This space in the West End near the river Kelvin is used by the whole surrounding community every day.
Over 22 schools in the area use it for children to learn about all aspects of urban nature and for events such as The Gruffalo story telling and family fun days with local musicians poets and community groups. The space is used by dog walkers and the meadow for social gatherings, barbecues or just to sit and chill, play the guitar or read a book.
Autumns here, the pumpkins are picked and the winter vegetables planted!
The campaign to save this space has been going for over 8 years but is now at an end as the Scottish Government have made a decision in favour of keeping the meadow as a community green space. And great news as Meadow has been awarded £50,000 community pride prize from Scottish Television.