A heritage group in the park on the SOUTH side celebrates the planting of 14 cherry trees, after flood prevention work destroyed iconic shrubs in King’s Park.
Friends of King’s Park, which was reformed in August 2019, organized tree replanting next to Aikenhead House after flood prevention work in the park removed several trees, some between 40 and 50 years old.
With project construction now complete, the group set to work to restore the grove.
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Joyce Jordan, Secretary of Friends of King’s Park, said: “The cherry trees will bring beautiful nature back to the park after the trees were unfortunately felled during the work.
“King’s Park is a very popular park with locals and dog walkers – over the past few months it has become a place to come and relax and relax and we have certainly seen it more used.
“We wanted to make sure it gets the maintenance it deserves and that the cherry trees really bring a sense of renewal to the park – I hope everyone can enjoy it and see them bloom in the spring.”
The 14 cherry trees, which were planted along the main path leading to Aikenhead House, were provided by Mark Wang of MW Groundworks, Glasgow City Council’s Neighborhood & Sustainability and RJ MacLeod, the entrepreneur who worked on the prevention project. floods.
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The project, which began in 2019, saw trees removed to allow for the installation of flood prevention measures after neighboring properties were often damaged by weather runoff from the park.
Mark Wang said, “I donated three trees to the project after being contacted and informed of what the Friends were planning to do.
“It seemed like something they were excited about and after the previous trees were cut down, it was something that the park was missing again.”
Friend’s of King’s Park member Kevin Brown said: “Replanting the trees will make a big difference in the park. I thought it was a real shame that they cut down these beautiful trees, albeit for important work.
“I think it shows that people care about their local green spaces and I think communities really need to take these kinds of issues into their own hands. ”
Dominika Nasilowski, a frequent user of the park, said: “I am a huge fan of King’s Park and I am very passionate about keeping it as beautiful as possible, which has often been overlooked.”
Dominika said planting the trees would help not only herself but also her five-week-old daughter, Urszula, to enjoy the park.
She said: “What’s really nice about planting cherry trees is that they replace the ones that have been there for decades.
“The trees will be part of the park’s legacy and it’s great to think of how many people will benefit from them for years to come. ”