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Let Glasgow Flourish exhibition at Kelvingrove celebrates thirty years since Glasgow Garden Festival

The team celebrating the launch of Let Glasgow Flourish (Gillian Furmage)
The team celebrating the launch of Let Glasgow Flourish (Gillian Furmage)

IT’LL be a trip down memory lane for many as a new exhibition celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival. 

Let Glasgow Flourish will run at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from April 20-30.

The display includes memorabilia from the festival, as well as highlights like Oor Wullie’s Garden.

It will also consider how the festival helped to change attitudes to towards greenspaces in the city, and look at how environmental issues could influence urban design in the next 30 years.

The Museum will also be hosting a variety of fun family activities on April 21st and 22nd, including face painting, seed bomb making and bag printing.

Oor Wullie as part of the exhibition, along with a Sunday Post clipping from 30 years ago (Gillian Furmage)

The exhibition is being run in partnership by RSPB Scotland and Glasgow City Council, and launches this year’s Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival, a summer of events and activities focused on the city’s wildlife and greenspaces.

Fiona Weir, from RSPB Scotland, said: “It’s amazing to think that it’s been 30 years since that hot hot summer of 1988, when over 4 million people came to Glasgow to visit the Garden Festival.

“It’s fantastic to look back and think about how much it changed for the city, not only how it was seen, but also how it started to see itself.

“This was a garden festival (though most people probably remember the roller coaster most of all!) and thirty years on, it’s so rewarding to look around Glasgow and see how that green legacy remains, with gardens, parks and community greenspaces still playing such an important part in city life. It’s great to be a part of that ongoing story.”

The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival, now in its fifth year, involves over 40 community groups, organisations and charities, which will be running a variety of events from now until September.

These include art installations, wildlife walks and workshops, community fetes, and citizen science activities, and will take place in all sizes of green spaces from community pocket gardens, stalled spaces, back courts, church yards, schools grounds and parks.

The main events will run in May and June, with each weekend focusing on a different area of Glasgow:

East 12-13 May

West 19-20 May

South 26-27 May 

North 2-3 June

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