FRIENDS’ WORK PARTY MONDAY 17 TH JUNE

The next Friends of Pollok Park work party is on Monday 17th June when we will be pulling Himalayan Balsam by hand on the riverbank just along from Pollok House. Please meet at 1.30 pm at the Crane Yard- just about 50metres from the public toilets at the old Stable Block. Boots or similar should be worn and please bring work gloves and a drink. Only 18 years and older! Hope you can make it !

Friends of Pollok Country Park – Committee meeting 17April2019

FRIENDS OF POLLOK COUNTRY PARK

COMMITTEE MEETING

6.30pm

WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 2019

IVORY HOTEL

In attendance: Gordon Blair
Liz Corbett
Catherine Todd
J. Peter Gore
Patricia McCarthy
Alan Melville

Apologies: Grace Lyon
Brian McKechnie
Bob Marshall

Welcome and Apologies
Gordon Blair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies were received from Grace Lyon Brian McKechnie and Bob Marshall.

It was agreed that the minutes of the last meeting could be posted on the website.

ACTION
Fundraising

Liz Corbett had received a suggestion from Grace Lyons that setting up a Just Giving page would be simpler than setting up a PayPal account.

Alan Melville suggested that a reward should be given to those supporting fundraising for the benches. However, while this was agreed by the committee Liz Corbett suggested that it should be virtual rather than actual nameplates on benches.

This led to a discussion on how this could be done via the Friends website. It was suggested that the website acknowledgement could either focus on either styles of benches or the location of the benches within the Park. The suggestion of having a donations feed at top of website was also made.

Gordon Blair suggested that if the donor wanted to make the donation public then the person could be tagged on Facebook. This would not only acknowledge their support but would help improve the website’s profile.

Membership

A discussion took place on whether membership should be via the completion of online or paper forms and how this should be maintained (including how we record any skills they may have).

It was suggested that membership should be linked to the Just Giving page and highlighted that the website would need to be updated.

Publicity

It was agreed that there was a need to increase the awareness of the Friends of Pollok Country Park amongst Park users.

It was agreed that a request would be made to either take over the use of an existing noticeboard or install a new noticeboard.

Catherine Todd to e-Mail Paul Brannan.

Alan offered to design a card that members of the work party could give out to interested passers-by.

CT & AM

Constitution

Copies of the blank constitution were circulated at the meeting.

Grace Lyons has advised Liz Corbett that the constitution would have to be amended if the Friends of Pollok Country Park wanted to become a charity. Any such amendments would require an extraordinary general public meeting which would need to advertised in 4 public places (for example libraries and supermarkets).

Liz Corbett has forwarded a copy of the constitution to Grace Lyons and asked her to provide details of the amendments required.

Gordon Blair has agreed to talk to one of his colleague who is familiar with the process of setting up charities who will be able to provide advice on the amendments required to the constitution.

GL & GB
Charter for Parks

The committee agreed that the Friends of Pollok Country Park would decline to participate.

LC
Friends of Glasgow Parks Meeting

Catherine Todd advised the Committee that the next meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 17 April 2019.

Catherine Todd to attend.

CT
Countryside Rangers Invite

It was agreed that Pat McCarthy and Deirdre Hoyle would attend the Countryside Rangers event Butterflies and Blooms in July and Alan Melville offered to design colouring in sheets

PM & AM

Working Parties

Liz Corbett advised that they were going well and that she will be meeting with Keir Construction.

Scouts

Alan Melville advised that the Scots have done assessed the river and may be able to do the clean-up in wellies without need for boat but wouldn’t be able to do anything about the rubbish hanging from trees.

Glasgow School of Art & Pollok Country Park Presentations

The presentation was attended by Liz Corbett.

She suggested that the student focus was on the future rather than resolving immediate needs and was very technology led.

The feedback focused on:

Governance
the students suggested creating a of separate trust not linked to Glasgow Life Susan Degan, Glasgow Life advised that this is linked to an upcoming European funding proposal
Participation System
use of working parties to identify issues which would be reported to the Countryside Rangers
creation of pavilions with different focuses
People Make Pollok Park
the students suggested creating a market in Stables and linking in this to allotments, local producers and visitors

Ideas suggested by the students included looking at the design of noticeboards; creation of experience hubs (similar to existing maps); creation of pod workspaces across the park; creation of observation tower in park the creation of natural play areas for kids rather than hard play parks.

AOCB

Format of Agenda

It was agreed that future agendas would automatically start with:

1 Welcome and Apologies

2 Matters arising

Area Partnership

The grant acceptance form was signed in from of the Committee

Date of next meeting

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 May at 1830 in the Ivory Hotel.

Next Work Party – Monday 3rd June @1.30

There will be no work party on Monday 27th May due to the public holiday.The next Friends of Pollok Park work party is on Monday 3rd June when we will be pulling Himalayan Balsam by hand on the riverbank just along from Pollok House. Please meet at 1.30 pm at the Crane Yard– just about 50metres from the public toilets at the old Stable Block. Boots or similar should be worn and please bring work gloves and a drink. Only 18 years and older! Hope you can make it !

So what is happening this weekend at Pollok park?

Saturday 27th April 10-12noon

We still have a full Polytunnel of home grown wildflowers which urgently need your help to be planted out in Pollok Country Park meadows.

We’d love you to join the countryside ranger this Saturday 27th April between 10 -12noon for some gentle planting at Pollok’s meadows. Tools and refreshments provided. A child friendly/family activity for the weekend. Please come along!

When : Saturday 27th April, 10 -12noon
Where : Meet at the Flower Power polytunnel, in the demonstration gardens, behind the old stable courtyard. Access from Pollok house car park through the gardens.
Contact : Snr Countryside Ranger, Allison Greig 07919 228 056
FREE

Monday 29th April Friends Work party 1.30
Please meet at Knowehead Lodge ( next to the Burrell Gallery ) at 1.30. We hope to be planting trees and starting to pull out the Himalayan Balsam. Please wear boots and bring work gloves and a drink. Over 18s only.
Hope you can make it !

Friends of Pollok Country Park Committee Meeting 20March 2019

FRIENDS OF POLLOK COUNTRY PARK

COMMITTEE MEETING

6.30pm

WEDNESDAY 20 March 2019

IVORY HOTEL

In attendance:
Liz Corbett
J. Peter Gore
Patricia McCarthy
Bob Marshall
Alan Melville

Apologies: Gordon Blair
Grace Lyon
Brian McKechnie
Catherine Todd

1. Welcome and Apologies
Gordon Blair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies were received from Gordon Blair, Grace Lyon Brian McKechnie and Catherine Todd.
ACTION
2. Thoughts on the Glasgow School of Art Workshop

Those who attended thought it had been very worthwhile. The committee have been invited to a feedback session arranged for 16th April 2019.

Liz Corbett to forward invite.

LC
3. Feedback from discussions with Contractor Completing the Tree Works

Unfortunately Liz Corbett was away when the contractors were on site and was unable to arrange a meeting. The report generated by the works will be forwarded to the committee by Fiona McKinnon.

4. Working Parties

The working parties are going well.

The tree planting has now started which will continue for couple of weeks.

Liz Corbett advised that anti erosion work on one of the ditches has still to take place and it was agreed that consent would be sought from the Council to knock down and remove the broken down baffles at the cycle routes located at the Dumbreck Stables entrance and to remove the various bits of broken benches.

Liz Corbett to contact the Countryside Rangers.

LC

5. Area partnership Grant

Liz Corbett advised the committee that £1,000 had been granted by the Newlands Auldhouse Area Committee and nothing from the Greater Pollok Area Committee as they want to focus on the smaller parks.

A discussion took place on how to proceed and agreed that one perfect bench would be created (Alan Melville to provide the specification) and Mr Coia would be asked to repair other benches using the planks to be cut by the handyman at Pollok park and paid for using the remaining money.

Gordon Blair and Alan Melville to action.

GB & AM
6. Fundraising

Liz Corbett advised that we currently have £193 in funds and that the Public Liability insurance, which is due to be renewed shortly will cost approximately £200.

Very helpfully members of the committee dug deep in their pockets and donated £70.

Liz Corbett to pass to Treasurer and ask her to acknowledge and bank.

LC
7. Membership

It was agree that fundraising was closely associated with membership and publicity and whilst there was general agreement that those applying for membership should be asked to pay a token amount (perhaps £5) it should just be a suggested donation.

It was also agreed that the next meeting on 17 April 2019 should be dedicated to a discussion on fundraising, membership and the promotion of the FOPP.

8. Repair Work Within the Park

The work to the steps and retaining walls at Pollok House is ongoing.

9. Invitation to the National Trust to attend a Future Meeting

It was agreed to invite the NTS to a future meeting.

10. AOCB

Scouts

Alan Melville reported that the Sea Scouts are going to undertake a clean-up of the river and other environmental projects. Details to be sorted out directly between the countryside rangers and the Scout Leaders.

Menshed

Alan Melville suggested that the local Menshed should be asked to get involved in repair work.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Liz Corbett advised that the notes of the February meeting had been posted on the website.

Letter to Chief Executive Regarding the Stable Block

The draft letter had been circulated and no amendments were suggested.
11. Date of next meeting

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 17 April at 1830 in the Ivory Hotel.

Notes of Meeting of Management Committee 13February 2019

FRIENDS OF POLLOK COUNTRY PARK

COMMITTEE MEETING

6.30pm

WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2019

IVORY HOTEL

In attendance:
Gordon Blair
Liz Corbett
Catherine Todd
J. Peter Gore
Patricia McCarthy
Bob Marshall
Brian McKechnie
Andrew McConnell
Zachary Claudino

Apologies: Grace Lyon
Alan Melville

1. Welcome and Apologies
Gordon Blair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies were received from Grace Lyon and Alan Melville.
ACTION
2. Place Standard Tool

Zachary Claudino introduced the Place Standards Tool to the Committee. He advise that the tool is an evolving but simple method of community engagement designed by Scottish government and is one of a variety of public engagement methods being used within the Council.

He advised that the tool can be used on a variety of levels and displays the scores from a series of questions in the form of a compass diagram. However, while the analysis of responses dealing with what participants see is straightforward, responses linked to feelings are more difficult and require further analysis of the subject via the compilation of results to discover similarities and conversations with participants.

While he acknowledged that Glasgow City Council hasn’t been at the forefront of using the tool and is playing catch-up with others, Zachary Claudino stated that was keen to spread awareness of the tool and its potential use within the community and gave the example using the tool to address non–use of park as well as use. He went on to advise that the tool’s usefulness included its ability to create a group within itself; its ability to useful for further engagement; the prevention of the loudest person in the room dominating conversation; helping to focus conversation with others and its ability to deepen understanding.

Pat McCarthy had previous experience of the tool due to attending a meeting organised by Zachary Claudino and she advised that she had used it since the meeting at the Corkerhill Road entrance to the Park with friends and found it useful.

Gordon Blair suggested that it would be useful for bolstering the points the FOPCP were trying to get across and that it was potentially great for sharing ideas but highlighted that if used we’d have to assess scoring ourselves and work out what to do. Zachary Claudino suggested that we may want to pass on our results to his team.

Bob Marshall pointed to a complimentary tool by Kevin Lynch called Image of the City which would work well in conjunction with the place standard tool and assist with providing a fuller image and giving greater detail. He advised that the Image of the City method is a form of mental mapping based on walking around and imagining what is most and least important.

It was agreed that Zachary Claudino would forward details of the website and handouts connected to the tool and that consideration would be given to how the Friends of Pollok Country Park could use the tool.

3. Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) Stable Report

Andrew McConnell gave a brief introduction into the background of the report’s publication. He advised that the GBPT were engaged by LES (now Neighbourhoods and Sustainability) to look at the future of the Stables. GBPT’s approach focused on user groups rather than final use and included asking Northlight Heritage to conduct a series of public engagement events. The banner drawing attention to these consultations was only recently taken down and incorrectly referred interested parties to contact the Friends of Pollok Country Park.

Once written, the report was forwarded to the Council for their consideration and it has taken some time for agreement to be reached on its publication. LES’ concerns with the report included the suggestion of simplifying governance by handing control to the National Trust for Scotland and that the community engagement highlighted a desire for horses to be included in any plans. Based on these concerns the report was amended to remove the focus on NTS and permission to publish was given 2 weeks prior to the recent Stables consultation.

To ensure long term sustainability Andrew McConnell suggested that the stables should be mixed use rather than exclusive; must take into consideration the building’s listing; plans required to be revenue generating and that public access was essential. He went on to express concern regarding the complexity of the governance structure and the lack of momentum in saving the Stables.

He advised that the emergency repairs to the stables have not been completed as the money made available to complete them was insufficient. A discussion then took place regarding the possible use of crowd funding. However, Andrew McConnell suggested that crowd funding should be viewed as a way of building momentum rather than an actual solution.

Andrew McConnell advised that Pollok House takes a lot of investment and that no further Heritage Lottery money will be made available to the Park without a coherent approach to the whole park and advised that a possible proposal was the creation of community development trust by Glasgow Life.

Liz Corbett raised issue of the Stables by Glasgel and the future of the sawmill. Andrew that Glasgel was an example of a useful organisation and that the sawmill has retained a lot of its original equipment.

Although the GBPT try not to be a campaign group they are considering becoming more vocal regarding their concerns as there is a lack of time to save Stables. However, rather than the GBPT campaigning they would prefer local community group or end user to do so.

Liz Corbett highlighted the contradiction of recent discussions on turning Pollok Country Park into a visitor hotspot with the failure to maintain Stables and Pollok House.

It was agreed that the Friends of Pollok Country Park would write to the Chief Executive and the Councillors whose constituencies take in the Park to express concerns regarding the lack of progress towards securing the future of the Stables and that once published the GBPT’s would be shared on the Friends of Pollok Country Facebook Page.

CT
4. Tree Works

Catherine Todd advised that she had received notification from Fiona McKinnon that contractors would be conducting a ‘Duty of Care’ tree survey in the Park between Monday 25 February and Wednesday 6 March and that Fiona had advised that the contractors would like to meet representatives of the FOPCP to discuss their work.

It was agreed that Liz Corbett would contact Fiona McKinnon.

LC

5. Glasgow School of Art Workshop

Catherine Todd advised the Committee that a drop in workshop would be taking place on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

6. Communication Strategy

It was agreed that the minutes of the Friends of Pollok Country Park Meetings would be published on the group’s website starting from January 2019.

LC
7. Fundraising

Gordon advised that Grace Lyons is currently talking to George Gibson regarding the bank account and the setting up of fundraising via PayPal.

As the FOPCP’s insurance is due for renewal it was agreed that Liz Corbett would check with her regarding whether there were sufficient funds.

8. Repair Work Within the Park

It was noted that work on the steps leading from the gardens at Pollok House to the riverside path had been completed.

Bob Marshall raised concerns regarding the lack of progress on the refurbishment of Pollok House and noted that the high value paintings formerly on display in the House were now in storage and highlighted that the tensions regarding Pollok House exist between Council and NTS.

9. Working Parties

Liz Corbett noted that Keir Construction have been very helpful in respect of supplying pallets for bridge to get to the island when the working party was clearing rhododendrons and that they will also help with painting the gate of wildlife park and benches. Painting won’t commence until around the middle of March when the painters come on site.

She advised that work on the island has been suspended due to the presence of Coots nesting but that work will commence on the planting of trees ordered via the Woodland Trust at no cost to the Friends of Pollok Country Park. Currently 400 trees have been ordered but Council staff have suggested ordering more. Work will also require to restart soon to prevent the growth of Himalayan balsam.

Liz went on to mention Alan Melville’s suggestion of river clean up and it was agreed that she would liaise with him.

LC
10. AOCB

Graven Group Consultation

In addition to discussing the GBPT report the recent consultation developed in conjunction with Glasgow Life and Graven was discussed.

As part of these discussions Pat McCarthy emphasised the need to keep the link between park use, the Burrell Collection and the heritage side connected to Pollok House. She went on to highlight that The Graven Group were developing a holistic approach to the park based on the history associated with the Clydesdales and the development of horse power generally, connected with transport of all sorts and that this is still evolving.

Although the Council keen to obtain a future for the Stables future it was suggested by Andrew McConnell that the Council won’t be forced into supporting a particular proposal therefore Craven’s proposal is a suggestion rather than the agreed way forward.

Leaflets

Pat McCarthy has been working towards producing leaflets to highlight the history of the area surrounding Pollok House and showed examples of the leaflets. She is currently awaiting feedback from the NTS but has received a quote of £40 (including folding) for printing 100 leaflets.

11. Date of next meeting

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 March at 1830 in the Ivory Hotel.

What’s happening in Pollok Park ?

Until 31March 2019 – Harry Benson – From Glasgow to America at Pollok House – more information at https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/pollok-house/events

Monday 18March 2019 – Friends’ Work Party @1.30. Meet at 1.30 at the toilets at the Stable Block. The plan is to plant trees. Please wear your wellies/boots and bring your gardening gloves and a drink. Sorry but 18+ year olds only

Monday 25March 2019 – Friends’ Work Party @1.30. Meet at 1.30 at the toilets at the Stable Block. The plan is to plant trees.  Please wear your wellies/boots and bring your gardening gloves and a drink. Sorry but 18+ year olds only

30&31 March 2019 – Treat your Mother to Afternoon Tea at Pollok House – more information at  https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/pollok-house/events