by John Hutchinson
The bright yellow bikes of the Soil City roving research team brightened up a rather dreich day at North Kelvin Meadow yesterday. Despite the weather, spirits were high and a selection of soil samples were gathered from the site, as well as some worm surveying and recording of tree, plant and bird life. The old red blaes surface upon which the meadow has grown proved to be a recurring theme across the soil samples – a reminder of its previous use as a football pitch and of how quickly nature can flourish if given a chance. It was great to hear the thoughts and feelings of local residents towards the meadow, with a strong sense of community attachment coming to the fore and an appreciation of the meadow as a valuable place in which to play with, experience and learn about nature.