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Come and see the postcard cart stationed outside Govan Undergound, 5th-8th Dec, and decide which of the many images of Govan’s Graving Docks you would like to take home with you in postcard form! If you have any stories or ideas relating to the past, present and possible future of Govan’s Graving Docks, then do please come along for postcards and conversation. See the time table below…

Postcard Cart Timetable

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Gleanings from the plant hunt have been put to good use. With little time to spare before site clearance, an inventory was collated for selected areas of the docks, and as many plants as was physically possible (on a bike and trailer) were uprooted (sometimes highly adventurously) from the crevices of the docks ruins – walls, hydraulic shafts, cobbled surfaces and altar steps – and moved out to a new site in Govan. The stop over station for this peripatetic bio community was the Birch grove in Elderpark, but a more permanent and less exposed home was found on grounds by the Preshal Trust, which the public can access any time to take a look (8 Aboukir Street, Govan, G51 4QX). Situated next to the Trusts’ smoking shelter, it now watched over by a community who much appreciate the brightening of their grounds. That said, even this site is to be developed before too long, so the plants have been transferred into tyres and will continue this wandering existence until who knows when… Perhaps it is quite interesting in fact to avoid naturalising them into a new home, in attempt to attain some of the meaning of these plants that they acquired from the communities they were found within, and the kinds of materials they were growing on. So now there are four dockland communities, representing the urban ecologies from Highland Lane, The Pump House, Dock 1 and the facility’s Hydraulic shafts. These plants are all relatively abstractly presented within titled tyres and surrounded by aggregate from their immediate context. A Dockland Bio Flotilla…

1_Urban Ecology

0_Pioneers on the Cobbles

2_Scoping

3_Digging for a Tap Root

0_Pots on the Lane

0_Salvages

0_Leaving the Docks

0_Crossing

0_Past the Shopping Centre

0_Passing the Shipyards

0_Keep

0_Evening Light

0_The Birch Grove

Mooring Post

Highland Lane

Pump House

Dock 1

Hydraulic Shafts

Staked orchids

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Smoking Shelter

https://vimeo.com/79685781

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Lighthouse, Friday 15th, 1pm. Come along to hear more about recent site works and to participate in a debate about wastelands and public space. Thanks to Sabine Hellman for the poster image.

http://www.ads.org.uk/access/events/talk-this-friday-presents-urban-ecologies-in-public-spaces

http://thisfriday004.eventbrite.co.uk/

DCP_0708 Welcome to the Graving Docks. Image: Ruth Olden

Table of specimens, Govan Graving Docks  Herbarium. Image: David Palmar

Recording a specimen, Govan Graving Docks  Identifying a Specimen. Image: David Palmar

P1030163[1]  Miniature Ecologies Amongst the Cobbles. Image: Anna Schliehe

DCP_0599   Capturing Surfaces. Image: Ruth Olden

Green Mantle An Ephemeral Site Work. Image: Hayden Lorimer

DCP_0652  Spider Nets and Beetle Boxes. Image: Ruth Olden

Looking for specimens, Pump House Number 1, Govan Graving Docks  The Green House. Image: David Palmar

DCP_0645   Dancing Orchids. Image: Ruth Olden

Identifying specimens, Govan Graving Docks  Findings and Field Stories. Image: David Palmar

Identifying specimens, Govan Graving Docks The Hobo Spider. Image: David Palmar

DCP_0680 Hawkweed. Image: Ruth Olden

Identifying specimens, Govan Graving DocksBerries, Ants and Inkcaps. Image: David Palmar

P1030111[1] Quiet After the Hunt. Image: Anna Schliehe

A hearty thanks to all who came along to the sunny Plant Hunt on the Graving Docks. We had such a wonderful group of people – ethno botanists, community food workers, archaeologists, entomologists, geographers, public artists, community gardeners, Glasgow Natural History Society members, film makers and many more besides! The findings were fantastic. We had a species of spider new to Glasgow identified by Suzanne Bairner, the Hobo spider (Tegenaria agrestis). Suzanne has said that there are only a few records for this species in Scotland and all for the east coast. We had an incredibly rigorous plant identification of Highland lane completed by Angus Hannah, who came all the way from Bute! We had ten different kinds of bird identified by David Palmar (Robin, Chaffinch, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Kingfisher, Dunnock, Lesser Black Backed Gull). We had a beautiful ephemeral art work made by Hayden Lorimer (see above). We had a vast array of fungi species collected – the Inkcap being the trickiest to identify. There were also some truly marvellous photographs captured by our Plant Hunters, these will be on postcards soon!

Thanks to David Palmar for the expert photography with some of the group images shown here. See more of his landscape work on:

http://www.photoscot.co.uk/Gallery/Search.aspx?page=3&storyId=142

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THE ACT FOR THIS DOCK WAS PASSED ON 7TH JULY 1873,
HON. JAMES WATSON, CHAIRMAN. JAMES BAIN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN.
FRANK BAIRD, CONVENOR OF NEW WORKS COMMITTEE.
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GROUND WAS BROKEN FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION ON 2ND AUG 1882,
HON. JOHN URE, CHAIRMAN. DAVID ROWAN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN.
WM RENNY WATSON, CONVENOR OF NEW WORKS COMMITTEE.
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AND IT WAS OPENED ON 13TH OCTOBER 1886.
HON. WILLIAM MCONIE, CHAIRMAN. JOHN URE, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN.
WM RENNY WATSON, CONVENOR OF NEW WORKS COMMITTEE.
SECRETARY & GENERAL MANAGER GEORGE REITH
ENGINEER AND CONSTRUCTOR JAMES DEAS.
RESIDENT ENGINEER, ARCHIE HAMILTON.
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LENGTH OF FLOOR FROM INSIDE OF CAISSON 515 FEET 0 INCHES
WIDTH AT BOTTOM 52 4
WIDTH AT TOP 92 0
WIDTH OF ENTRANCE AT BOTTOM 57 8
AT TOP 87 0
DEPTH ON CENTRE OF SILL AT AVERAGE 22 10
HIGH WATER LEVEL OF ORDINARY SPRING TIDES 22 10

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Taking a (vertiginous) moment to think about forms of labour in the Clyde’s shipbuilding ancillary industries, perhaps too often cast in the shadow of ‘Clydebuilt’ and the shipyard spectacle… Thanks to fellow landscape enthusiast Euan Maharg for making it possible!

http://euanmaharg.carbonmade.com/