Rosshall Park is on the edge of Pollok and Crookston and was originally the garden of the baronial mansion Ross Hall. The gardens were commissioned by the owner, James Cowan and he spared no expense, it’s got a miniature lake with an island in the middle and stone walkways with water passing underneath, caves and a big enclosed grotto which, it turns out was an open-air swimming pool.
The plants are hugely varied, all kinds of rhododendrons, Japanese maples, there’s even a pair of American Redwoods and it changes all the time with the seasons.
It’s a wee, secret gem of a place which I came across just walking my dog there. It has so many hidden surprises that it takes a while to discover them all. Chatting with the gardener, I discovered that it was designed by an eminent Victorian Landscape Gardener who also did gardens at Sandringham and Buckingham Palace.
It is loved and used by dog-walkers, cyclists, joggers and not much else. It just seems such a shame that not many local people were using it to the full and also that it occasionally came in for a bit of vandalism and littering. So that’s why we’re asking everyone to get involved in promoting its use.
The Friends of Rosshall are integral to the successful renovation of the park. They’re an incredible group of people who meet regularly, giving up their own time to promote the park and take care of it. They recently had a big tidy up and gathered bags and bags of litter, just local volunteers working together to take care of their community’s amenity. I’m very keen to support them in their endeavours and that’s why these events are so important.
Frank Miller talking about Rosshall Park and Gardens