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Glasgow’s Fossil Grove, Victoria Park (Part 1)

This was just supposed to be quick pic or two, captured before Fossil Grove shut for the year, but after visiting on the weekend before it closed, I couldn’t get back to finish things the next weekend, after which it really was closed.

Interesting to note that while Fossil Grove can close until Easter without hysteria, closing the People’s Palace once, for a shorter period, had some people starting petitions and complaining to Glasgow City Council. Oh well, it kept them happy and hysterical for a few days 😉

The seasonal opening (due to low visitor numbers) is not a surprise, and is posted beside the attraction.

My main problem last year was Scotland’s weather, usually pouring every time I planned to go, until I almost ran out of time.

Fossil Grove Seasonal Opening

Fossil Grove Seasonal Opening

It was also a bit of a shock to realise that my first (and last until now) visit must have been twenty years, or more, ago.

A real case of “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but never actually getting around to it, and then the opportunity was also lost for many years.

What is Fossil Grove?

Eleven fossil tree stumps from the Carboniferous Period (330 million years ago) preserved where they grew in a Victorian Museum.

It has a dedicated web site.

Welcome to the Fossil Grove in Glasgow’s Victoria Park.

You can also…

View or download a leaflet pdf

A film from 2013 explains the feature.

5 years on, and sadly, this unique site STILL does not attract enough visitors to be open for more than half of the year.

Possibly even sadder was learning that morons like Creationists are amongst those who make the effort to visit, but only to make their idiotic claims, and dispute the history of the site.

There’s even a 3D model of Tree 7, created from a laser scan.

Sadly, as usual, WordPress tries to catch me out by letting me see the embed in the post preview, but then kills the embedded view when I publish it.

So, you’ll just have to visit the model to play with it.

 Fossil Grove, Glasgow, Tree 7

The exterior and Quarry Knowe

Shooting inside (casually) is not easy, and this visit was supposed to be more of a test than a shoot – I expected to be back a few days later after reviewing the pics, but that didn’t happen.

The pics I took will form Part 2, once I’ve tidied them.

This collection shows the exterior of the building and its surroundings.

Worth taking a moment to compare with the historic postcard views offered on its web site.

This is the entrance today, at the east end of the building.

Within, there are toilets and a reception area with caretaker, and a number of displays relating to the grove.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building East

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building East

The west end, usually closed.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building West

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building West

The next couple of pics were taken to show how the roof of this building is level with, or even just below, the land just to the north.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building Roof

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building Roof

This also shows the path leading to Quarry Knowe.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building Roof And Path Cutting

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Building Roof And Path Cutting

This view looks through the cutting, back towards the building.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Quarry Knowe Cutting

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Quarry Knowe Cutting

This is the building seen from the bottom of Quarry Know, where there is also a small decorative pond.

Note how far below the building this feature lies.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Quarry Knowe People

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Quarry Knowe People

Have to confess I waited ages for all the people wandering around down here to go away.

I can’t break the habit of avoiding people in shot, and had waited so long I just HAD to have this view.

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Quarry Knowe Empty

Victoria Park Fossil Grove Quarry Knowe Empty

Part 2 to follow (soon), once I decide what to do with some very oddly framed views of the interior.

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Jan 4, 2019 - Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , ,

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