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Groups involved in Ready Steady Grow
Ready Steady Grow is an annual celebration of greenspace in Pollokshields, Glasgow.
If you live in Pollokshields and would like to contcat a group, contcat details are provided below. If you have a general enquiry about Ready Steady Grow e-mail us at Contact@ReadySteadyGrowPollokshields.org.uk or if you would like to get in touch with Ann Laing the Ready Steady Grow Co-ordinator, her e-mail is: ann@rsgp.org.uk
St Andrews Drive Corridor Flats 1. St Andrew’s Drive Corridor Flats Group
The St Andrew’s Drive Corridor Flats extend over a seven acre site and represent the largest area of social housing and the largest expanse of continuous greenspace in Pollokshields. While much of the greenspace is adjacent to busy roads and bumped to discourage ball games, within the blocks of flats with deck access, there is a large lawn with mature trees and bushes. The St Andrew’s Drive Corridor Flats Group campaign for both improved social housing provision and improved greenspace.
Contact:
Lisa Peebles: lisa@rsgp.org.uk
 
East Pollokshields Quad 2. East Pollokshields Quad
East Pollokshields Quad Committee was established in 2006 to promote the safety of the diverse community members who live in the four tenement blocks bordered by Kenmure St, Nithsdale Rd, Darnley Street and Leven Street. The green area in this square of tenements is known as The Quad, it was a long neglected and overgrown space which attracted dumpers and difficult behaviour and was a source of disorder which caused anxiety for local residents. With the help of a vigorous volunteer committee, many additional helpers, Glasgow City Council and the Big Lottery, the space has been transformed.

Contact:
Ria Din: sorayadin@aol.com
or Catherine Macmillian: cemcmillan@tiscali.co.uk
 
Leslie Street Grennspaces 3. Leslie Street Greenspaces Group
There are three greenspaces, each covering the area of a tenement flat footprint on Leslie Street. Each site has trees more than 100 years old, some taller than the tenement buildings which surround. Residents use the paths through the spaces and shelter under the trees in a down pour. Local children from the tenements, forbidden to cross the road by their parents, often play on the grass which covers the spaces. The community came together to save the spaces from being built on and now are working to improve them.
Contact:
Lucy Gillie: lucy@rsgp.org.uk
 
Friends of Maxwell Park 4. Friends of Maxwell Park
Maxwell Park is a traditional Victorian public park, with flower beds, a large pond populated with ducks and swans, a play park and open green areas. The Friends of Maxwell Park is a charitable association owned and run by its members. The Friends Group provides a structure to enable people who have an interest in Maxwell Park to come together. Membership is free. Members may wish just to be a ‘Friend’ and enjoy the greenspace of the Park or may wish to contribute more actively to the work of the association. Pollokshields Burgh Halls are in the park and often host art exhibitions, craft sales and weddings. The park is a stone’s throw from Maxwell Park station.
Contact:
Mike: friendsofmaxwellpark@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.friendsofmaxwellpark.org.uk
 
The Hidden Gardens 5. The Hidden Gardens
The award winning Hidden Gardens has transformed a derelict wasteland in Scotland’s most diverse community into a beautiful and contemplative art and design garden. The Garden is open the public, check website for times www.thehiddengardens.org.uk. The Gardens offers visitors a unique experience, found nowhere else in Glasgow. It aspires to describe the kind of world it would be good to live in, not the world as it is. Opened in 2003, the Gardens provide refuge from the bustle of busy urban living and are a place of peace and inspiration for visitors. The Gardens are accessed through the Tramway building on Albert Drive.
Contact:
Donna Borokinni: info@thehiddengardens.org.uk or 0141 433 2722
 
The Nan McKay Hall 6. The Nan McKay Hall
The Nan McKay Hall is a community centre for residents of Pollokshields surrounded by gardens cared for by the users of the community centre.

The gardens surrounding the Hall include one of Scotland’s oldest walnut trees.

Get in contact with the Hall directly if you would like to know about their current programme of classes and events.
Contact:
Bill: www.nanmckay.co.uk or 0141 429 5370
 
7. New Victoria Gardens Association
New Victoria Gardens Association are a Glasgow allotment society based in Pollokshields, just off Albert Drive. There is a waiting list to become a plot holder but applications to be a member are always welcomed. New Victoria Gardens has regular open days throughout the summer.
Contact:
new.victoria.gardens@gmail.com. Currently Fiona Sutherland is President.
 
8. Pollokshields Heritage
Formed in 1992, aims to encourage development that enhances our unique garden suburb and tenement neighbourhood. It also aims to encourage and stimulate public interest in all aspects of the local environment. It supports the conservation of buildings, and development that enhances the area and its open spaces. It has contributed to the restoration of the Burgh Halls, the upgrading of Maxwell Square and Maxwell Park, and has ‘adopted’ Maxwell Park Station. It pursues these ends through walks, meetings, lectures, publications, and schemes of a charitable nature. Local support is vital, and we are always keen to increase our membership.
Contact:
For more information check out: www.pollokshieldsheritage.org
 
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