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Fossil Grove Reopens

Glaswegians who have not visited the city’s Fossil Grove are being urged to give it a try – and they have been told they will not be disappointed.

The attraction in Victoria Park has been reopened after a refurbishment.

Councillor Jim Coleman, the city council’s executive member for land and environmental services, said: “We continue to work hard to attract more people back to their local parks by offering them a diverse range of recreational activities and events.  Yet all too often we forget what wonders we have on our doorstep.

“The Fossil Grove is a fantastic place situated in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park and I urge any Glaswegian who has not been out there to do so this summer.  They won’t be disappointed.”

Fossil Grove shows the tree stumps of an ancient forest from around 330 million years ago. The site is a designated SSSI – Site of Special Scientific Interest.

News information signs and panels have been added to the attraction, as well as a tank of live insects to help illustrate the creatures alive 300 million years ago.

Bailie Jean McFadden, chair of the Fossil Grove Trust, said: “Last year, 20,000 people from all over the world visited Fossil Grove.  These figures illustrate just how strong an attraction the Fossil Grove is, not only to the people of Glasgow, but internationally.

“We want to widen its appeal and improve the overall experience of what the Fossil Grove is really about.”A balcony inside the building allows visitors look down on the historic trees and roots.

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