Glasgow's got flower power bug

JUST imagine Hampden Park covered in wild flowers … and then multiply it 75 times.

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Glasgow's green spaces cover an area almost 75 times the size of Hampden Park
Glasgow's green spaces cover an area almost 75 times the size of Hampden Park

It would be a spectacular sight … and tomorrow councillors will be told that Glasgow is now on the ball to make the sight a reality in areas across the city.

Last year, the council and environmental group Buglife worked on the Glasgow's Buzzing project to transform cut grass into colourful wildflower rich meadows.

Wildflower seeds were sown at Hogganfield Park and Cranhill Park and more 14,000 wildflowers were planted at 14 sites across the city - the equivalent to 75 Hampdens.

Buglife, which is monitoring the success of the project by surveying pollinating insects at key sites, has recorded an increase in diversity and so far has recorded 125 species of invertebrates.

Farmland at Carmunnock, Pedmyre and Windlaw is being managed positively for biodiversity, including wildflower meadows, cutting grass after birds breed, hedgerow management, planting trees, creating ponds and leaving crops unharvested to provide winter bird food.

Under government rules, all public bodies in Scotland are required to further the conservation of plants and wildlife and Glasgow is clearly doing its bit.

Funding has been secured for bog restoration at Commonhead Moss local nature reserve, which will include installing 20 plastic dams, the removal and treatment of areas of scrub land and the felling of a small area of mature birch woodland.

Ponds have been created at Cathkin Braes local nature reserve and cash was secured for the naturalisation of Knightswood Park pond.

More than 45,000 trees in the city were surveyed and a study was launched of the health benefits of managed, accessible woodland.

Butterfly surveys were carried out by volunteers at Robroyston, Hogganfield and Commonhead Moss nature reserves.

More than 30 different species of waterfowl were monitored at 15 bodies of water and a water vole survey was carried out at Robroyston Park nature reserve.

And 390 volunteers carried out 1755 hours of grassland, woodland and wetland habitat restoration work at 25 sites, including Kelvingrove, Cranhill and Dawsholm parks and at Hurlethill in Pollok.

Alistair Watson, the city council's land and environment spokesman, said: "Glasgow is at the forefront of managing and promoting biodiversity in the UK.

"Public support has played a huge part in this success. Almost 400 volunteers have put in more than 1750 hours of work across 25 sites.

"Their dedication is fantastic and their hard work can't be praised enough."

vivienne.nicoll@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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