Celebrating Glasgow, the dear green place, on World Earth Day

For World Health Day 2023 I’m going to share some photographs from a wander around my local park. I had planned to write a more detailed post about the history of the park and how it’s used today, but I’ll save that for another day. Today, on World Health Day, we can just enjoy the natural beauty of one of Glasgow’s dear green places.

Glasgow’s nickname is ‘dear green place’, derived from the Gaelic “Glaschu” which means green hollow or green glen. (Visit Scotland) We’re proud to have maintained so many parks, gardens and green spaces within the city. According to People Make Glasgow we have access to over 90 across the city. So today, we’ll be visiting Bellahouston Park on Glasgow’s south west.

I’ve also just discovered that the city is on the list of the top 10 in the Global Destination Sustainability Index. #6 in 2022.

Elephant for Glasgow, sculpture by Kenny Hunter. Photograph by Brenda Harrison
Palace of Art. Only remaining building from the 1938 Empire Exhibition
Stopped off here for coffee, but this is Bellahouston Sports Centre and its located within the Park grounds.

I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing my wander around Bellahouston Park (This is only about half of the park). I visited and took these photos on 6th April and you can see we were still waiting for Spring to arrive.

If you’ve not already signed up for my blog, this might be a good opportunity so you don’t miss out on my follow up posts telling you more about some of the features within the park.


  1. Beautiful! I love learning the history/origin of the name Glasgow! “Dear green place”. How beautiful that is…and how perfect, given the stunning photos, Brenda! Thank you for sharing! 🥰

  2. Such clear sky! Oh I love your photos. Thanks for taking us along on your walk. It’s looks like an interesting place to see in person.

    • Thanks Ally. I’m lucky to have this within walking distance. Last Spring, or maybe the one before, I started packing a small bag with a bottle of water and a book and set up in the walled garden and read.

  3. The preservation of green spaces along with history is so vital I believe Brenda. I think that is one aspect that draws me to want to visit places in Europe that still understand this need. Of course we in the US are not completely covered in concrete and asphalt roads… as of yet.

    • I think planners are beginning to realise that too much concrete is destructive, increases flooding etc. Hopefully that means there will be more patches of green (and earth brown) starting to appear

  4. Thanks for taking me on a virtual walk through your park, Brenda. The elephant was an attention grabber. Kudos to the artful property owner.

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