Friends of Queens Park Glasgow

Friends of Queens Park Glasgow (FoQP) is a registered charity Community Organisation with the object of improving the park and providing facilities and events for the community that this park serves. It also want to engage more with the wider community and involve the community more In its decision making so that the park is a better place and meets the needs of the community.

SPRING IN QUEENS PARK

FoQP was established about three years ago by a few individuals who wanted to make the park a better place and in 2015 it achieved registered charity status. It holds monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Langside Halls starting at 1900 and all members of the public are welcome. Last year FoQP raised of £60,000 in funding to improve the childrens play park, refurbish the park gates at Pollokshaws entrance and Balvicar entrance and to install an Outdoor Gym, the later three items will be completed shortly.

Model boats sailing on the boating pond.

We have two principle immediate aims. One is to engage with the wider community and to do this we are keen to hear from any group or individual who wants to have an input into how the park needs to change and how groups might be more involved with the decision making process. Anyone contacting us on this matter will get a response and a meeting to discuss how this might happen as each group will be different. These groups might be schools, residents associations, sports groups, housing associations, local businesses, community councils or individuals. The second aim is to attract more funding for the park so that improvements can be seen to be made and the engagement of the community is an important part of how we raise funds. Anyone wanting to get involved can get in touch with us at the following email address: info@friendsofqueensparkglasgow.org.uk or by our website at www.friendsofqueensparkglasgow.org.uk or by our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Queens-Park-Glasgow/1456027727968260

queens park ducks

One recent achievement that we are very pleased with is our ongoing weekly volunteers programme where our volunteers work on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1000-1400 to improve our park although it is important to state that these commitments to days and times are flexible to meet the needs of the volunteer so if anyone is interested in volunteering in the park please send us an email by one of the above links.

A Moor hen takes refuge amongst the Cattails, The Cattails at dusk and a Gull on the wing by the boating pond.

Queens Park is one of the most popular parks in the city and one of the most used and with the best views of the city of any park in Glasgow. It is also one of only two parks in Glasgow designed by the famous British Architect Sir Joseph Paxton in about 1860. Despite this it is not considered by Glasgow City Council to be a premier City Parks so we do not get anywhere near the same level of funding of the City Parks like The Botanics, Kelvingrove, Glasgow Green etc so we have to work that much harder to achieve the same standards so the help of the community is vital to the park and the work that we do for the park. So we do invite the communities around the park from Shawlands, Battlefield, Mount Florida, Strathbungo, Crosshill, Govanhill and other areas close by who use this great park.

Dessert and tropical plants on display at the glass house as well as a small collection of exotic reptiles and insects.

We hope that you find this article of interest and that you will consider how you might like to be involved in making Queens Park better. If you are not able to get involved some things you might do are to give us a Like on Facebook and to share this message with others who live in the community and enjoy this great park.

STAR PATHS QUEENS PARK

Star path slow exposure from the park in late Autumn.

If you would like your community group, activity or business to have a feature article please get in touch with Lisa at lisacraigphoto@googlemail.com
tel; 07903152283.
For those interested I also have an independent blog if you wish to check it out;
https://lisahelencraig.wordpress.com/
and my photo website;
http://www.lisahelencraig.co.uk/

 

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