Recent years have seen a number of initiatives set-up to preserve and better display the fossils at the Fossil Grove
In 2014 the City Council launced a consultation exercise with local organisations and individuals , culminating in an options report and a subsequent bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the preferred option (‘C’) of a complete new building with an approximate cost of £2.5-£3 million.
The City Council were asked by HLF to review two key aspects of the bid; namely (a) the sustainability of running the new facility and (b) how the new facility would fit into visions and plans for Victoria Park.
The Trustees commissioned a study into options for running and mangaging such a facility from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017. It concluded that the best method of ensuring a viable operation was to enhance its broad appeal, link it to dinosaurs and charge for entry. This was rejected by the Trustees and other models are now under active consideration.
At the same time the City Council launched a major consultation amongst the Community and park users, initially via a ‘Place-Making’ exercise, to create a strategy for the park – including the Fossil Grove. This process is on-going and a new Community Trust is in the process of being established to carry this process forward.
In late 2018 the Trust reinitiated the HLF bid process with the support of Glasgow Life, resulting in a new Expression of Interest being submitted during 2019. Following comments from HLF a revised project scope involving modification of the existing building is now being prepared. Watch this space!