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For centuries, Glasgow has been known as the “Dear Green Place” – and renowned for its rich heritage of parks and open spaces, many of which have been in existence for over 100 years. Glaswegians are, quite rightly, particularly proud of this heritage.
The City Council has taken major steps towards identifying what residents want to see in their communities, particularly in the use of our parkland and other recreational areas. [This consists of having meetings with a "compliant" Friends of Group]
Linn is an old Scots word for waterfall and it is this spectacular feature of the park where the White Cart Water rushes down near the beautiful White Bridge (or Halfpenny Bridge) that gives the park its name. Linn Park is characterised by its mature semi-natural riparian woods, mixed plantations and parkland trees, with associated meadows and amenity grasslands in an historical estate setting. The extensive grounds with their notably rich mature woodland inheritance create a woodland park atmosphere enabling a countryside experience to be had close to major residential areas. The northern reaches of the park are historically interesting containing the old Snuffmill Bridge and the remains of Cathcart Castle. [Virtually inaccessible due to undergrowth of bushes, and not signposted !]
Receiving a Green Flag is a marvellous accolade, and testament to our long-standing commitment to ensure that everyone enjoys a landscape rich in history, as well as somewhere to take part in sport, play, culture, gardens and landscape and enjoy its peaceful surroundings. [The mud is legendary - caused by decades of over mowing and zero path maintenance]
A much-sought-after Green Flag will acknowledge the outstanding creativity, innovation and dedication [??? Moral of operatives is at an all time low] of our staff and other Glaswegians. [Overseas visitors are appalled at the state of the park]
No one can dispute the uniquenes of Linn Park, or it's inate beauty.
The picture that is painted in the reader's mind is unfortunately not met in real life: views are obscured by nine foot high steel mesh fences, water floods over paths, puddles are formed between mounds of detritus on the sides of paths forcing people to walk on angled banks, surface washouts [ankle breakers], paths overgrown with thistles, a failed septic tank still in use; the list is endless.
In the last several years the park has become less and less accessible, especially to those over the age of 50, and by the time people reach 70, walking in the park simply becomes a dangerous past time. In the Autumn and Winter this applies to everyone.
The cause is simply down to a lack of maintenance by Glasgow's Parks Department, coupled with what can onkly described as totally stupid works of improvement.