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Welcome to the Fossil Grove in Glasgow, Scotland

A unique earth heritage site with eleven fossil tree stumps from the Carboniferous Period. They are about 330 million years old, and are preserved where they grew.

In late 1887 a path was cut as part of a new park through an old disused roadstone quarry when the first of the fossil tree stumps was uncovered. Their uniqueness, rarity and importance was quickly recognised. A building was quickly erected over the site – which is still there today.

The site is owned by Glasgow City Council’s Parks Department. The Fossil Grove Trust works with the Council to help present and conserve the fossils and find new sources of funding to improve the overall visitor experience.

A stump of a Fossil tree in the Fossil Grove Glasgow
Click the photograph of Stump #7 for an annotated 3d image

Watch a recording of an online Zoom talk given in September 2020 covering the geology of the Fossil Grove, the history of the building, the conservation efforts underway and the future of the site.


For Open Days and Guided Tours see Events

Find the Fossil Grove on Google Maps

Map of the western end of Glasgow showing the location of the Fossil Grove in Victoria Park

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