Dundee Green Flag and Beach Awards!

Dundee has again been well represented in the national Green Flag Awards and Scotland’s Beach Awards, with the city receiving eight awards in total.

The Green Flag Award project is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful and aims to recognise and reward well managed parks and green spaces.

Dundee has improved on its total number from last year, with Riverside Nature Park winning in its first year of entry.

Chair of Friends of Riverside Nature Park, Ian Ford, said: “All of the Friends of Riverside Nature Park are delighted to gain a Green Flag Award at our first attempt and with high marks.

“The Friends have contributed greatly to enhancing the biodiversity here and we work in partnership with Dundee City Council.

“Greater Yellow Rattle flowered for the first time and Skylark numbers increased again to 16 singing males, up 40% from last year.

“The wildflower meadows have now all been mown using the Cut & Lift regime recommended by Plantlife and that should increase wildlife more each year.”

This is great news and you can see more about winners across the country using this helpful tool here.

Environmental improvements across the West End

I am pleased to advise that, at last night’s City Council Neighbourhood Services Committee, various environmental improvements across the city were approved.

In the West End, these will include improvements at Riverside Nature Park, along Riverside Drive and at Seabraes.

Further detail is given in the plans below :

Friends of Riverside Nature Park meeting

Last night, I attended the latest Friends of Riverside Nature Park committee meeting, held at the Mitchell Street Centre.
There was a useful update from environment officers from the council’s Neighbourhood Services about proposed landscape improvements on Riverside Drive and Avenue running from the nature park, eastwards along to the Riverside Pavilion east of the airport.     At the east end of this area, there will also be parking improvements I highlighted yesterday.
The landscape proposals will be discussed a the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee in the coming weeks to obtain necessary approval.

Community litter pick – all welcome! #takepridedundee

Further to the community litter pick last month we undertook around the Blackness Industrial Area/Hawkhill (see photo of us – right), there will be a further community litter pick arranged at Riverside Nature Park for this Sunday – 7th August – at 10am.  
Very grateful thanks to Tesco Riverside who are bringing volunteers to help us.
If you can help, please meet at the Riverside Nature Park car park.

Friends of Riverside Nature Park and Starter Packs AGM

Earlier tonight, I attended the latest meeting of the Friends of Riverside Nature Park committee that took place at the Mitchell Street Centre.   
There were useful discussions on a whole host of issues affecting the park.   There’s a useful Friends of Riverside Nature Park Facebook page you can access here.
Later this evening, I had the pleasure attending the Annual General Meeting of Starter Packs Dundee, which took place at the Salvation Army Gatehouse in Ward Road.
It was a well-attended meeting and there was an interesting talk by Lorna Tunstall. Session Clerk at Inchture & Kinnaird Parish Church, who spoke about the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council projects tackling homelessness – particularly in relation to the Nepal earthquake aftermath and helping refugees from the Syrian conflict.
Supported by local churches, Starter Packs seeks donations of good unwanted basic household goods, bed linen and curtains that are recycled and made up into ‘starter packs’ by a team of 20 volunteers working on a rota basis.   The  packs are of huge need to many families,couples and single people who obtain a tenancy but lack basic items.
You can read more about Starter Packs here.