Let the Maryhill Tree flourish!

Local community council campaigners are celebrating the reinstatement of one of Maryhill’s most prominent symbols of renewal and regeneration, by replanting the famous ‘tree in the chimney’ which dominated the Maryhill skyline for two decades. You can see the new tree at the junction of Maryhill Rd and Hopehill Rd (near LIDL and Taggarts)!tree in chimney2

A well-known Glasgow landmark, “The Maryhill tree” was a goat willow that flourished for more than twenty years in the 60 feet-high chimney of a former beer-bottling plant in North Woodside Road. It was adopted as the symbol of the city council’s Maryhill Corridor Renewal Project.

In 1984, the chimney had to be demolished for safety reasons, but the tree was removed first and lowered safely to the ground. It was later re-planted in the original chimney top, and installed on a landscaped site at the corner of Maryhill Road and North Woodside Road.

The original tree died, but local Woodsiders have campaigned to have this well-known symbol of hope and regeneration replaced. Prominent in the campaign has been the local Green Councillor Martha Wardrop and Woodside Community Council who have successfully arranged the planting of a replacement tree, which has been generously donated by the Woodland Trust Scotland.

Rory Syme from the Woodland Trust Scotland, part of the UK’s leading charity championing native trees and woods said: “The Maryhill Tree was one of Glasgow’s best loved trees so we were delighted to donate a replacement from one of our woods to the local community.

“Goat willow is a very hardy species but it is amazing that the Maryhill Tree managed to take root and thrive in the side of a chimney for such a long time. I’m sure that its successor will stand for many years to come as a living reminder of the area’s industrial heritage and its renewal.”

Councillor Alistair Watson, Executive Member for Sustainability and Transport said: “We are always delighted to help with local community projects such as this.  A lot of work has been done by Land and Environmental Services to make sure the area and its environment is suitable for the tree to flourish and I’m sure the residents will enjoy it for many years to come.”

Local resident John Duffy said:” I think this is great! This initiative has preserved part of the original chimney, and reminds people of the past. However, we now have a diverse and vibrant community of new residents, and hopefully this will spark their interest in our local history, perhaps prompting them to find out more in Woodside Library.”