This tour will focus on the Clyde Gateway project in Glasgow, which aims to build on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in an area with a long history of industrial activity and subsequent stagnation. The Cuningar loop, which was an open coalmine and sand quarry, has been regenerated as an urban park as part of the legacy and is now the setting for one of the UK GeoEnergy Observatory. Nearby, Shawfield was, at its peak, the world’s largest Cr-works. The comprehensive and extensive remediation works carry out on those sites and the monitoring and observation work undertaken by the British Geology Survey at the UK GeoEnergy observation in Glasgow will be presented during the visit.
Wider issues of the sustainable use of urban space and greening initiative will be also be explored through a visit to the Green Action Trust WeeForest project on Pollockshaws. WeeForest established a high density native species rich woodland in urban Scotland combines the specific of EarthWatch ‘Tiny Forest programme’ planting method with long term citizen science. The visit will illustrated the roles of soils and management requirement needed to supported this environmental regeneration project.