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April progress update

Hi folks,

Firstly we’d like to apologise that things went a bit quiet for a while.  After a period of activity at the beginning of the year with public meetings and Garden Workdays, both outside circumstances and our own realisation that we really needed to get a firm framework prepared for moving forward has meant that Common Good Awareness Project hasn’t been as visible and active as we would of liked as Spring is springing.  This message is to say though – that whilst we might not have arrived with the daffodils we’ll be arriving as Elder Park’s cherry’s begin to bloom.

As some of you will already be aware the community garden in Govan was visited by Land and Environmental Services 2 weeks ago and they made the decision to prevent public access to the site for the time being due to  health and safety concerns.  We’d like to make it clear that the Common Good Awareness Project do not have anything to do with the closure of the garden and were as surprised as other community members to find it had happened.  Health and safety is undeniably an issue at the site however, and one that members of the Common Good Awareness Project (along with many other members of the Govan community) have been concerned about for some time.

Whilst we also have concerns that LES involvement could pose a risk to meaningful community stewardship of the garden and farmhouse going forward, we do understand their concerns and would like to enter into a dialogue with them on how we can make sure the site is made a safe place for the public and remains in the community’s control.

What is clear is that in order to ensure continuing community stewardship dialogue and transparency will be necessary.  We are working on that as best we can and it’s clear we need to work still harder.  If you have questions, concerns or just want to talk about it please pick up the phone or send us an email.

On that note – whilst activity inside the garden may be on hold for the moment, we’re planning a range of activities in the community to explore ideas around the farmhouse itself and how we can best steward such a valuable community asset.  Full details of our next steps coming in the next day or two – so watch this space!

Best wishes,

The Common  Good Awareness Project

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