The Bowling Green is home to several exciting projects that benefit our local community and we’re working to develop even more. We’ll be updating this page with new projects and programmes as we create them and you’ll also find useful links to other Pollokshields projects as well.


Cargo Bikes Hub

SoulRiders is a community-led organisation working towards creating stronger, healthier, more active lives through cycling. South-side based they now have a container on site at the Bowling Green where they will be progressing an e-cargo bikes delivery and collection project for the local community. Find out more about their work:

Urban Roots

Community Garden

Urban Roots empowers local people to make choices and lifestyle changes that are beneficial for them, their communities and the environment. They have begun conversations with local volunteers about creating a community garden at the Bowling Green and recently completed traditional scything of the grass which was long overdue a cut! Learn more about Urban Roots on their website:


Summer Programme

YCSA is hosting its wonderful summer programme at the Bowling Green. We are absolutely thrilled that we were able to provide them with an outdoor space suitable for their group. They provide fantastic services for young people and we’re hoping to develop more youth activities with them. You can learn more about the great work of YCSA on their website:

Glasgow Community Energy

Energy Hub

We’re part of the Glasgow Community Energy project. This project is in its early stages and to help bring renewable energy to public buildings in Pollokshields we have an agreement to supply Glendale Schools, and the Bowling Green café & meeting room. We hope to extend this to a refurbished clubhouse in due course. 

We will also power the SoulRiders facility at the Bowling Green where they will maintain electric cargo bikes as well as recycling food waste into fertiliser, aiding a circular economy. We are installing solar panels on the roofs. Not only will the power be renewable, all profits from the project will be used to maintain the Bowling Green.

Other local projects

There are lots of fantastic projects that are active in Pollokshields and around the Bowling Green that you may not know about. We’ve created this list to showcase other exciting projects and organisations that we’re not directly involved in but we know they are important to the local community. If you’re a local project or organisation that would like added to this list, just send an email to

East Pollokshields Quad

East Pollokshields Quad is a beautiful hidden gem which includes an events space and rose garden. You can keep up to date with their latest news on Facebook.

Glendale Women's Café

Glendale Women’s Café runs in line with the Glendale Schools. They offer a warm and welcoming place for all women in our community to come together, learn new skills, get involved in what is happening locally, relax with a cup of tea, get information and meet friends. Find out how you can get involved.

New Victoria Gardens

New Victoria Gardens Association is an allotment site near the Bowling Green which has seventy-four plots. To keep up to date with their news and events, visit their Facebook page.

Pollokshields Community Council

The Community Council provides another voice for the Pollokshields community and to scrutinise the actions of public bodies and institutions. All members are volunteers who give their time to promote the well-being of Pollokshields as a place to live and work. To find out more about their work and current projects visit their website.

Pollokshields Development Agency

The PDA has been helping tackle local issues in the Pollokshields community for the last 25 years. To find out more about their current projects and active work in the local area, visit their Facebook page.

Ready Steady Grow

Ready Steady Grow actively encourage Pollokshields residents to use the green spaces in our area and to celebrate them. They’ve held events on the Bowling Green in the past and you can keep up to date with them via their website.

Polish the Shields

Polish the Shields is a resident led group improving litter, waste and recycling issues in Pollokshields. Their community clean-up takes place on the first Saturday of every month meeting outside the library at 10am.

Nan McKay Hall

Run by volunteers for nearly 40 years, the Nan McKay Community Hall has a comprehensive programme that brings together resources to improve the quality of life for all the residents of Pollokshields, both young and elderly. There is a happy atmosphere with lots of groups and classes available to all.

Pollokshields Community Food Point

A friendly daily community food access point at 423 Shields Road led by Southside Housing Association and Pollokshields Mutual Aid with a myriad of local partners.

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