Glasgow hosts the COP26 summit next week and has many green credentials of its own. So … listen, Greta!
- Greta Thunberg will be among those attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow
- Glasgow has many green spaces that can be explored on foot or by electric bike.
- Travelers must visit Cathkin Park ‘ghost’ football ground and Glasgow Green
Activist Greta Thunberg, pictured, will attend the COP26 conference next week.
World leaders Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough will be in Glasgow next week, drumming on the dangers of climate change at the COP26 conference.
If they go from place to place they may be encouraged by the green credentials of Scotland’s second city, but they may have to step over uncollected garbage bags (due to a planned binmen strike) and avoid arguments with staunch protesters.
LIFE IN THE PARK
Glasgow isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of the Temperance movement. But visit Glasgow Green, a huge park that has acted as the city’s lung since 1490, and here lies its legacy in the form of a massive monument warning of the dangers of drinking.
The fact that the Tennent Caledonian Brewery is barely a mile away gives an idea of how popular the movement was locally.
In another part of the park there is a huge monument to Nelson and the People’s Palace social history center (glasgowlife.org.uk).
Put your grain of sand: Don’t take a taxi to the park, rent a bike instead. Aye Cycle has a wide range of standard and electric bikes starting at £ 5 a day (ayecycleglasgow.org.uk).
WALK ON THE HILLSIDE
Glasgow green scene: the city’s Necropolis hill, offering a great view of Glasgow Cathedral from its top
The overall winner of the title of the noblest statue in Scotland must go to John Knox, leader of the country’s Reformation.
Dressed in a ridiculous Geneva cap, he gazes down with the most miserable of expressions at the city below him from the top of the Glasgow Necropolis cemetery. However, it is a pleasure to explore this fall of crypts and tombstones on the hillside.
The cemetery contains enough neoclassical columns and pediments to make you think you’ve stepped into ancient Greece. In addition, you will find the best view of Glasgow Cathedral from its top (glasgownecropolis.org).
Put your grain of sand: Bundle up in second-hand vintage clothing from Starry Starry Night in Dowanside Lane, Hillhead (starrystarrynightvintage.co.uk).
Admission is free for visitors to Glasgow’s ‘Tropical’ Botanical Gardens, shown above
Glasgow is not yet feeling the full effects of climate change. But a part of the city turned tropical long ago. The Grand Main Range Conservatory in the Botanical Gardens is an eruption of palm trees, orchids and cacti, and admission is free.
Put your grain of sand: Keep the floral vibe alive by purchasing sustainably sourced plants from Roots And Fruits on nearby Great Western Road (rootsfruitsandflowers.com).
COUNTRY DAY TRIP
Take a day trip to Hill House in Helensburgh, pictured, which is 23 miles from Glasgow
It’s 23 miles from Glasgow, but Hill House in Helensburgh is worth a visit if you want to immerse yourself in the creations of art nouveau master Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Admission is £ 13 (nts.org.uk).
Put your grain of sand: Seize the day and explore the wild Argyll countryside – both biking and kayaking are offered (wildaboutargyll.co.uk).
Pictured is Cathkin Park, now a “ghost” soccer field. Image courtesy of Creative Commons
The football version of Necropolis, Cathkin Park was the home of Third Lanark, which went bankrupt in 1967 and is now a “ghost” football field.
Put your grain of sand: A short walk from Cathkin Park is Locavore, which claims to be the only completely organic café in town (glasgowlocavore.org).