Glasgow hosts the COP26 summit next week – and has plenty of its own eco-credentials. So… listen up, Greta!
- Greta Thunberg will be among the attendees at Glasgow’s COP26 conference
- Glasgow has plenty of green spaces that can be explored by foot or by e-bike
- Travellers should visit ‘ghost’ football ground Cathkin Park and Glasgow Green
Campaigner Greta Thunberg, pictured, will attend the COP26 conference next week
If they get out and about, they might be heartened by the eco-credentials of Scotland’s second city — but they may have to step over uncollected rubbish bags (due to a planned binmen’s strike) and avoid argy-bargy with hard-core protesters.
Glasgow isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think about the Temperance movement. But visit Glasgow Green — a huge park that has acted as the lungs of the city since 1490 — and here lies its legacy in the form of a huge monument warning of the perils of drink.
The fact the Tennent Caledonian brewery is barely a mile away gives an idea of how popular the movement was locally.
Elsewhere in the park there’s an immense Nelson monument and the People’s Palace social history centre (glasgowlife.org.uk).
Do your bit: Don’t get a taxi to the park – instead, hire a bicycle. Aye Cycle has a huge range of standard and e-bikes from £5 a day (ayecycleglasgow.org.uk).
Glasgow’s green scene: The city’s Necropolis hill, which offers a great view of Glasgow Cathedral from its summit
The outright winner of the title of Scotland’s dourest statue has to fall to John Knox, leader of the country’s Reformation.
Clad in a ridiculous Geneva bonnet, he looks down with the most miserable of expressions at the city beneath him from the top of Glasgow’s Necropolis graveyard. Yet it is a delight to explore this hillside tumble of crypts and headstones.
The graveyard contains enough neo-classical columns and pediments to make you think you have wandered into ancient Greece. Plus, you’ll find the best view of Glasgow Cathedral from its summit (glasgownecropolis.org).
Do your bit: Wrap up in some second-hand vintage clothes from Starry Starry Night on Dowanside Lane, Hillhead (starrystarrynightvintage.co.uk).
Entry is free for those visiting Glasgow’s ‘tropical’ Botanic Gardens, pictured above
Glasgow isn’t yet feeling the full effects of climate change. But one part of the city went tropical a long time ago. The grandiose Main Range glasshouse in the Botanic Gardens is an eruption of palm trees, orchids and cacti — and entry is free.
Do your bit: Keep the floral vibe alive by buying sustainably sourced plants from Roots And Fruits in 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. Entry is £13 (nts.org.uk).
Do your bit: Make a day of it and explore the wild Argyll countryside — both cycling and kayaking are on offer (wildaboutargyll.co.uk).
Pictured is Cathkin Park, which is now a ‘ghost’ football pitch. Picture courtesy of Creative Commons
The footballing version of Necropolis, Cathkin Park was home to Third Lanark, which went bust in 1967 and is now a ‘ghost’ football ground.
Do your bit: Just a short walk from Cathkin Park is Locavore, which claims to be the city’s only fully organic cafe (glasgowlocavore.org).