On another note, we have been having some really good internal discussions about the way forward for the campaign for community owned, social-rented, housing at Collina Street. We will be giving a public update very soon.

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Whether it comes to littering or flytipping, the council are very keen to blame litter on individuals, but while I've seen no evidence that people have recently decided to start littering more, we know full well that cleansing services have been cut. It shouldn't be up to individuals, or volunteers, to keep Glasgow clean or our public spaces safe.

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. There has been quite a lot of flytipping going on, and we hope the council will help clear it away. It could be a great outdoor event space, something that the city should welcome and support as there's still an airborne pandemic going on.
Finally, I filled a bag with litter on my short walk home down the Kelvin to the Wyndford. While of course nobody should condone littering, we should also note that there are no bins all the way to Kelvindale Road, and even that bin was virtually full.

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amongst our ornamental plants.

The strawberries didn't give us much fruit this year, but they are sending out feelers to colonize their whole bed. We expect many more next year! Go strawberries!
The potatoes and leeks are flourishing, and the tomatos are looking great. We'll have to have a community soup party before the end of the summer.

We also cleared a bit of flytipped garden waste from the bottom of the path at the South West of the site...

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Apologies for the lack of posts.. I managed to lock myself out of the account for a while...

The last few Saturdays have been a bit quieter, with people away on their summer holidays and spending time with their families and so on.
Today we started by doing a bit of weeding, nearly filling a compost bag with thistles that seem to have sprung up over night. Nice to see nature doing it's thing, and I feel kind of bad for the baby thistles, but there's a place for thistles and it isn't ...

New video up:

"There Ain't No Man, No Woman, No Beast Alive, That Can Keep Us Down........

The Bothy may have fallen but it will rise like a Phoenix From The Ashes....

From Steel & Iron & Solid Rock......
Here To Stay, Built with Hope & Brining Wrath to Dysfunctional Administration.....Collina is oors....Not chips to be cashed in......"

youtube.com/watch?v=NFBRkljZIR

...So we as a community will not be bullied, not by the Council and not by some unrepresentative rogues.

You may huff and you may puff but you will never burn down a bothy MADE OF STONE. - - To that end on Saturday, from 11am we are asking you to *bring a stone to the bothy site* to show that this community is united with *a will as hard as stone* that this public land and former scheme will not be privatised and flogged for bought housing.

[photo from a firefighter at the scene]

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BRING A STONE.
Early last night around about 9 o'clock some person or persons set fire to the bothy. We can see no reason to do this other than to oppose social housing for this former scheme land, so whether this was alienated weans or an isolated and warped person with a grudge, in effect it is following the logic of the privatisers and bought housing developers. We know from our extensive discussions as a community that this is the view of an extreme minority...

First of the seeds planet in the garden this afternoon, momentum building towards community owned environmentally efficient affordable homes on the valley.

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Last night somebody broke the door to the bothy.

A few people dropped by to show their support and help tidy up, and in an hour we had a temporary fix in place to keep the elements out while we source a replacement, and the mess tidied up. Enough people came out to help, including a few of the local weans, we even managed to extend the seating area.

It just goes to show that for every person who wants to make a mess and cause damage, a dozen people want to improve their local environment.

Another busy Saturday up at Collina Street.
We finished laying out the East-West path (just needs a bit touching up), did some work on the raised beds, and added some bunting to the Bothy.
We also had a a nice chat with the folks at the allotments in front of the tower block at 76 Collina street. Everyone agreed - The land should be used for good quality social housing, not a private selloff, and the council have been negligent when it comes to maintaining our public spaces!

Another busy Saturday up at Collina Street.

We finished laying out the East-West path (just needs a bit touching up), did some work on the raised beds, and added some bunting to the Bothy.

We also had a a nice chat with the folks at the allotments in front of the tower block at 76 COllina street. Everyone agreed - The land should be used for good quality social housing, not a private selloff, and the council have been negligent when it comes to maintaining our public spaces!

Thanks everyone!

This snail gave his approval. He can't follow us on Facebook because he doesn't have the internet, but he said he'll write to his MP via the old snail mail.

For social housing and community ownership, not private profits and rising rents!

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Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to help over the weekend. The compost bins are brilliant, and the raised border around the garden tidies things up and will serve as wind break for our plants. I forgot to get a picture of the new raised beds on the other side of the bothy, but they too look great for accessible gardening. There's also a new row of willow cuttings planted following the path along the top, which, if they survive, should help with drainage and give an extra wind break.

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Despite some strong wind and heavy rain the Community Garden at The Valley is looking great. The woodchip really helps keep the paths dry, and once dug over there's less water pooling on the surface where we want to plant.

Artwork coming along brilliantly alongside our community garden!

Massive well done to the young members of the local community who have been getting creative and learning new skills through the G20 Youth Festival for their hard work.

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We've put together a new leaflet for the campaign. We should have a bunch printed and ready at The Bothy to be handed out to passersby in the next few days.

Another milestone today in our occupation of the land at Collina St in the Valley, Maryhill. The artists from G20 Youth Festival
came to Boaby the Bothy in and started to transform him into a work of art. Panda Picasso was ably assisted by Ronan Rembrandt and Barry Banksy. Their efforts can be seen in the photos below. The bothy is going to look stunning when the full makeover is complete. Great community spirit and look forward to your next visit guys.

A big load of wood chippings was dropped off at the Bothy a few days ago. Tomorrow we can get them moved around the garden and paths and soak up some of the puddles. Good exercise in the fresh air tomorrow. See you all there!

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