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HLF funding launches project which will transform green spaces across Glasgow and help people discover their local wildlife

Last modified: 10 August 2015

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The funding will help to transform areas into green spaces that are perfect for wildlife

Image: Andy Hay

A new project that aims to create more wildlife gardens across Glasgow has been given the green light, after receiving a grant of £40,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

 ‘Dear Green Future’ is a partnership initiative between RSPB Scotland and Glasgow University Wildlife Garden Group, and will be led by young people and students.

The funding will help to transform areas into green spaces that are perfect for wildlife and for people, and will also go towards community events, and a cultural research project.

RSPB Scotland’s Fiona Weir said: “We work with a lot of young people, and they’re often full of energy and creativity. Thanks to HLF, this project will allow an outlet for all that ingenuity, and provide an amazing opportunity for people who want to get involved with Glasgow’s green spaces through practical conservation and citizen science.”

As well as developing wildlife gardens, the project will also involve elements of life-long learning, with workshops for local communities on subjects such as foraging and wildlife identification.

Students will also have the opportunity to interview people who remember the 1988 Glasgow garden festival and investigate Glasgow’s evolution from an industrial city to the place it is today.

The project will run from summer 2015 until summer 2017, concluding with an exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcasing the discoveries and achievements of the young people involved.

Colin McLean, Head of HLF Scotland, said, “We are enthusiastic about giving young people the chance to learn about heritage. Thanks to National Lottery players our Young Roots programme helps them to bring fresh ideas and energy to the task. ‘Dear Green Future’ is an excellent example of how they can get involved, take decisions, develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun.”

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