WHERE IS IT? Beyond the west end, bordering the districts of Scotstoun, Whiteinch, Jordanhill and Broomhill
Victoria Park was created for Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1886, and is considered to be the prettiest park in the city, with a pond and various flower gardens amongst the tree-lined pathways. It is also home to Scotland's only wild breeding parakeet flock.
The building of the park was managed by Isdale Robertson, who lived in nearby Partick. It was at his insistence that a fully restored four-dial miniature lamp post clock by placed in the park. According to his adopted daughter, Meg Crerar, it bore the inscription, "Now is the day of salvation, Now is the accepted time, Now is the day of Salvation." The clock was donated by William Gordon Oswal in 1888.
Another interesting feature is the Jubilee Gates, which were funded by local women's group called the Ladies of Partick. They were manufactured by Macfarlane's Saracen Foundry at a cost of £100. They bear the Partick Burgh coat of arms. In 1987 (the gates' centenary year) they underwent a restoration, and the gates have recently had another restoration to the original colours of red and gold.
Although there are a number of features within Victoria Park, including the clock and the gates, the most interesting feature is Fossil Grove. Robertson's workforce consisted of unemployed men in need of a job to see them through a difficult period. It was this team of men who unearthed the fossil grove when a pilot channel for the road was cut through a large area of rock. The builders discovered preserved fossilised tree trunks. To preserve the astonishing find, the route for the road was then diverted while the sand and shale further excavated to reveal more fossils.
The Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) is a West Glasgow group set up to protect and develop Victoria Park.
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