Early Spring 2024 newsletter

Early Spring 2024

The Glen is looking lovely…

First snowdrops along the Glen – Friends of Glen Goyle

… largely because of the efforts of the weekly volunteer working party:

In praise of the volunteers along the Glen – Friends of Glen Goyle

New way to sign in for the working party

And to make sure every volunteer is covered by accident and liability insurance when they are delving away, a new online sign-in system has been put in place:

BWP – Friends of Glen Goyle

So, if you’d like to join one of the Thursday morning sessions, it’s very straightforward: 

  • Just make sure you’re a member of both FOGG and the VGS [ie: on both mailing lists] which can be done through that same BMP link.
  • And then you can book yourself a safe and secure spot for that date.

Hope to see you down at the Glen!

New member of the EDDC Parks and Gardens team

In the meantime, the new Parks and Open Spaces Improvement Officer, Louise Baker, has also been hard at work:

The Parks and Open Spaces Improvement Officer along the Glen – Friends of Glen Goyle

Getting infrastructure done along the Glen

The last newsletter from a couple of months ago looked to planning for the year – and there has been some progress since:

  • Replacement benches [for the two alcoves, plus another] have been chosen by FOGG members – and hopefully they’ll be seen as appropriate to the feel of the Glen. We’re anticipating they’ll be ready for a nice sit-down later in the season…
  • Plans have been submitted for a new access path from the gates on Glen Road to across the top of the lawn, which would allow for wheelchairs and buggies to enter the Glen more safely. These drawings and outline brief were put together by FOGG members – and are now with the District Council for further consideration.
  • As for the current path, the council’s attention has been drawn to a rather dangerous spot which has become a trip hazard due to roots across the path. FOGG is pursuing this and hopes there will be a cost-effective solution in place very soon.
  • Finally, FOGG members have also been considering options for a couple of interpretation boards along the Glen – which will be discrete but hopefully informative!

If you have any points to raise or any suggestions to make, do get in touch:

Contact us – Friends of Glen Goyle