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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sad Occasion in the Life of Govan’s Graving Docks

from Ruth Olden

An invitation to mark a sad occasion in the life of Govan’s Graving Docks…

On Monday the 24th of March, the Coach House Trust are moving in to the docks to clear away the pioneering ecology that has found its home here. This clearance marks the first stage of the site's regeneration - a project led by the developer and landowner New City Vision who plan to make a high-end housing and commercial complex of this site. The dock's Green Mantle has become host to a fascinating array of birds, invertebrate and mammals, and has also served as a place of solace and inspiration to many people.

On the eve of this clearance, a small lit vessel made of the site’s biomass will be released into the river and carried out to sea by the receding tide. This event has been made possible by the knowledge and skills contributed very kindly by the GalGael.

This will be a sad occasion, but I hope it will provide an opportunity to honour this landscape which has become important to so many. We will be gathering on Clydebrae Street next to the garage at 3pm on Sunday 30th March, before walking to the launching point together. Please do arrive at this time so there is opportunity to hear the health and safety briefing. RSVP on    

Graving Docks 2013 - photo Tom Manley
Graving Docks circa 1900.....the largest dry dock in Europe
Much of the Graving docks is built of hand-carved granite


  1. I'll be there as this is a very special place to me. Maggi Sale <3

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