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Pollok park is an absolute must visit if you plan on moving to the Glasgow area. The park is set in Pollok in the south of Glasgow. The park has won some serious accolades and in 2006 it was voted the best park in the UK and two years later it was voted the best park in Europe.
For years, the park has played an important role in the local community. The estate was in the hands of the Maxwell family for over 700 years before being given as a gift to the Glasgow corporation in 1966. Originally the park was the host to the local cricket club and the Pollokshaws bowling club.
William Burrell the recognised shipping magnate, art collection is stored in a custom built that resides on the park’s grounds. To this day the park is still important in the local community and an award-winning highland cattle fold draws the attention of many interested visitors. Scottish cycling legend Chris Hoy has opened several cycling routes.
The park has been the centre of a controversy over the years. In 1990’s the park hosted the “ free Pollok state” protest, that tried to stop the building of the M77. The building of the road meant the destruction of over 5000 trees and cost 53 million in public money. However, the camp’s efforts were in vein and the police evicted them in 1995 and there was a total of 15 arrests.
Pollok park offers some of the best city walks in Scotland through beautiful woodland. The walks are easy to follow and suitable for all ages. If you work in the busy and hectic city of Glasgow, then the park offers a tranquil venue to get away from the daily madness. Once your relaxing walk is over, why don’t you head to the nearby Shawlands area, where there is a selection of fine restaurants and pubs. The park is easily accessible and there are plenty of trains and buses from the centre.
Your Property Wizard recommends a visit to the park is you are moving to the city.