We are reposting this blog from the Commonty and hope that readers of ecoartscotland will take a moment to reflect on Sunday at 3pm.
Sad Occasion in the Life of Govanâ€™s Graving Docks
from Ruth Olden
An invitation to mark a sad occasion in the life of Govanâ€™s Graving Docksâ€¦
On Monday the 24th of March, the Coach House Trust are moving in to the docks to clear away the pioneering ecology that has found its home here. This clearance marks the first stage of the siteâ€™s regeneration â€“ a project led by the developer and landowner New City Vision who plan to make a high-end housing and commercial complex of this site. The dockâ€™s Green Mantle has become host to a fascinating array of birds, invertebrate and mammals, and has also served as a place of solace and inspiration to many people.
On the eve of this clearance, a small lit vessel made of the siteâ€™s biomass will be released into the river and carried out to sea by the receding tide. This event has been made possible by the knowledge and skills contributed very kindly by the GalGael.
This will be a sad occasion, but I hope it will provide an opportunity to honour this landscape which has become important to so many. We will be gathering on Clydebrae Street next to the garage at 3pm on Sunday 30th March, before walking to the launching point together. Please do arrive at this time so there is opportunity to hear the health and safety briefing. RSVP on firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
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