Festive amphibians at Pollok Park, Glasgow.

Thus evening I am reporting on today’s large group hike around Pollok Country ParkĀ a 146 hectare/360 acre public space in Glasgow Southside, Scotland.

This park has a long history and has much to offer the visitor, viz:

  • Evidence of occupation by man dating back about 1500 years.
  • Long time base of the Maxwells.
  • Extensive and well-maintained gardens.
  • 18th century, Adam designed mansion known as Pollok House,home of the Maxwells.
  • Golf course.
  • Home to a herd of photogenic, Highland Cattle.
  • Home to small number of Clydesdale horses.
  • White Cart Water (river). This helped power the IndustrIal Revolution on the 18th/19th centuries.
  • Home to the world-famous, Burrell Collection.
  • Contains plants and wildlife of interest to naturalists.

Weather conditions were unusually benign for time of year.

In course of the hike the group encountered extensive parkland well populated with trees, lush gardens, Highland Cattle,fungi benefiting from the mild, wet climate, festive displays and the magnificent 18th century mansion. The hike terminated at the latter where afternoon tea was provided.

Afternoon Tea at Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland

Cakes for afternoon tea at Pollok House, Glasgow.

Front facade of Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland

Lush garden at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Lush garden at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow.

Parkland at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Woodland at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Walking the walk at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Tree Fungi at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Tree avenue at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

 

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