Both fes­ti­vals are re­turn­ing – and what a win that is

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who will take to the Hy­dro stage on Septem­ber 10.

Af­ter his stel­lar set at last year’s TRNSMT – as well as his good act of char­ity to the boy who broke his leg in the crowd – this show is eas­ily go­ing to be one of the big­gest of the year.

In quite a re­fresh­ing take on the usual “sum­mer” fes­ti­val, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber bring some of the best lo­cal grass­roots events to the city in the form of Ten­e­ment Trail and the Great West­ern Fes­ti­val.

Al­though the dates are yet to be firmed up, the Glas­gow Times has it on good au­thor­ity that both fes­ti­vals are re­turn­ing – and what a win that is for mu­sic lovers in the city.

With Ten­e­ment Trail cov­er­ing the East End and the Great West­ern cov­er­ing the west, th­ese two events show­case lo­cal and global acts in a quiet month.

2019 had the likes of Squid, CHK CHK CHK, Free Love and Sa­cred Paws in venues like the Glue Fac­tory, so I’m sit­ting tight to see what they do next.

Fi­nally, Dea­con Blue are tak­ing to the Hy­dro stage on De­cem­ber 4, and there is noth­ing like a good boo­gie to Dig­nity to re­mind you that Glas­gow is one of the best cities in the world for mu­sic and cul­ture.

There you have it – a whistlesto­p tour of what I ex­pect to be the best shows to catch this year.

Nat­u­rally, I’ve done a dis­ser­vice – it is im­pos­si­ble to pay dues to ev­ery bril­liant act this year, and I’ve stayed away from club nights, DJ sets and spo­ken word per­for­mances, just be­cause there are too many good ones avail­able to see for me to in­clude.

Go forth, mu­sic lovers, and fall in love with what Glas­gow has to of­fer this year.

DE­SPITE its in­dus­trial her­itage and ur­ban set­ting, Glas­gow is one of the green­est cities in the UK, with more than 90 parks and gar­dens for peo­ple to ac­cess and en­joy.

In fact, Glas­gow means “dear green place” in Gaelic, and when you start to rhyme off the names of the parks such as Pol­lok, Vic­to­ria, Toll­cross, Bel­la­hous­ton, Kelv­in­grove, Queens Park, Glas­gow Green and Glas­gow Botanic Gar­dens, you can un­der­stand why.

But many of us take th­ese green spa­ces for granted; they of­fer us so much en­joy­ment, yet lit­tle thought is given to those who care for them.

In 2018, we opened Glas­gow’s first pur­pose­built fa­cil­ity for hor­ti­cul­tur­ists. The £1.8 mil­lion cen­tre is based at our Lang­side cam­pus, and con­sists of two mod­ern work­shops and three in­dus­tri­al­sized green­houses to sup­port hor­ti­cul­ture and plant growth. The cen­tre is home to stu­dents study­ing on any of our 12 floristry, hor­ti­cul­ture and land­scap­ing cour­ses.

We are proud to be sup­port­ing the next wave of pro­fes­sion­als ded­i­cated to the up­keep and growth of th­ese ar­eas. The de­mand for hor­ti­cul­ture jobs is set to rise by 2.92% over the next six years, and cur­rently Scot­land has 1,540 hor­ti­cul­ture, land­scap­ing and sports turf firms em­ploy­ing more than 21,401 peo­ple. The sec­tor con­trib­utes mil­lions of pounds to the econ­omy, and the ben­e­fit of “green ap­peal” is ev­i­dent for lo­cal economies.

Ev­i­dence also shows that ac­cess to parks and gar­dens can re­duce health in­equal­i­ties, im­prove well-be­ing and aid in the treat­ment of men­tal ill­ness.

But it’s not just ca­reer hor­ti­cul­tur­ists we see com­ing through our doors. Stem­ming from an in­creased fo­cus on cli­mate change, there is an in­creas­ing in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing our green spa­ces, whilst be­com­ing more sus­tain­able in terms of what we grow and eat. Cur­rently there are 32 al­lot­ment sites in Glas­gow alone, and the de­mand for com­mu­nity gar­dens and spa­ces to sup­port grow­ing fruit and veg is on the rise.

Our hor­ti­cul­ture cen­tre means stu­dents and staff ben­e­fit from a per­ma­nent area, which helps de­velop teach­ing strate­gies and col­lab­o­ra­tions with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It also demon­strates to em­ploy­ers that stu­dents are learn­ing within a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment.

While it might be un­ex­pected to find this type of fa­cil­ity in such a cen­tral lo­ca­tion, the grow­ing de­mand for hor­ti­cul­tur­ists and those who can main­tain open greenspace­s is thriv­ing. We will do all we can to help the next gen­er­a­tion of hor­ti­cul­tur­ists to bloom.

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