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S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

June 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am

Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow Saturday 1 June, 10:30 am
Organizer: Andy MacGregor andymacgregor@ymail.com

Fossil Grove in Glasgow’s Victoria Park is a set of 300 million year old fossilised casts of Lepidodendron scale trees (their nearest living relatives are the quillworts), excavated in the late 1800s and protected shortly after discovery by a small building.

The building has become somewhat neglected in recent years, but plans are afoot to renovate or possibly replace it, and so improve the care and profile of this natural wonder. Allied to these planned improvements, community group the Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP, https://fovp.weebly.com/fossil-grove.html) have been working to restore the quarry behind the Fossil Grove. This area of crags and rock passages was artfully created by the Victorians from the remains of the former quarry, and was designed and planted to provide a fashionably picturesque setting for Fossil Grove itself. To complement the pteridophyte interest of the fossils, FoVP plan to turn the quarry into an outdoor fernery, and have secured funding to purchase suitable hardy ferns, having already received advice from the BPS.

We are keen to continue supporting this fascinating project and have offered to assist FoVP by holding a work party on Saturday 1 June, when participants will help to prepare the site for planting, and get the fernery going with some actual planting. Participants will meet in front of Fossil Grove at 10.30am (or join us later in the quarry behind the building), and we expect to finish by 3pm. Tools will be provided, but please bring wet weather gear, gardening gloves if you have them, and a packed lunch. Extra ferns are also welcomed!

Richard East has confirmed that a recent order of £2000 of new ferns, purchased from a grant, will arrive in time for us to do some planting!

The site is within walking distance of Jordanhill train station, and free parking is possible on Victoria Park Drive North.

All are welcome. Please let us know if you are coming and will try to organize transport if needed. For more information about how to get there please contact Andy

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June 1, 2019
10:30 am
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Andy MacGregor


Victoria Park, Glasgow
51 Victoria Park Dr S
Glasgow, G14 9QR United Kingdom
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