Update on People’s Palace & Winter Gardens


In August we supported plans developed by Glasgow Life, the arms-length organisation running culture and leisure, brought before Glasgow City Council’s Administrative Committee to “restore, reimagine and enhance”” the People Palace and the Winter Gardens.  The cost of this proposal is £35.9 million and not all this funding has been identified yet.  An initial bid of £7.5million has been made to the National heritage Lottery We should hear soon . late December, if this bid has been successful. A further £11m contribution would come from the Council, which intends to identify funding “through capital planning across budgets from 2025/26 onwards. While Glasgow Life would endeavour to secure £12m from “other public sector funders”. 

If funding bids are successful, initial work would begin early next year and the whole scheme is expected to be completed by autumn 2027.

Full committee report can be fund here:

Glasgow City Council City Administration Committee Report by Bailie Annette Christie, City Convener for Culture, Sport and International Relations PEOPLE’S PALACE & WINTER GARDENS REFURBISHMENT 17th August 2023   Glasgow City Council

Christmas Fayre – Free event – Come and join the fun

Our Vision – Winter Gardens Survey

We are gathering supporters’ views on planting and plant-related activities that could be included in the restored Winter Gardens.

Information from our survey will be used in discussions with Glasgow Life during the development stage of the refurbishment of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.

Please fill-in our survey online via Google Forms.

FOPPWGGG Annual General Meeting 05/10/23

Annual General Meeting

Date:  Thursday 5th October 2023

Time:  6:00pm

Place: Barrowfield Community Centre

            67 Yate Street

            Glasgow    G31 4AQ

Followed by a talk by local historian, Peter Mortimer, on the history of the People’s Palace.

All welcome…. Refreshments…..All welcome

People Fest at St Luke’s 2nd Sept 2023


Saturday 2nd September ’23 . People Fest all day at St Luke’s.

Fancy a Clown Workshop? Seeing a contortionist and the mighty Carlton jug band? Some gig theatre, puppet act, hula hooper, bands, acoustic acts, Erin Hephzibah, the Tron choir, Rolling Stone magazine pick of the  Fringe comedian Amelia Bayler. 

The day will start at 12:30 with walking gig theatre show Colonel Mustard Born to Rewild leaving in front of the People’s Palace arriving at St Lukes at 1:00pm. Our very own Mark DjFive Lang will be spinning tunes throughout the day, until 8:00pm when its over 18s only and Unholy Frankenstein and San Fran and the Siscos play.


This free event is hosted by the Friends of People’s Palace Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green. Partnered by Tesco  as a thank you for all the workers, helpers and carers who kept us safe during the pandemic.

Line up includes: Colonel Mustard Born to Rewild, Dan Collins Clown Workshop, Tron Choir, Carlton Jug Band, Spangled Cabaret featuring Paul Puppet, Daiquiri Dusk Greatest Show Hula Hoop Act, Minnie Knot contortionist,  Wolvis Pawsley, Mark DJ5, Hunter & McMustard, Erin Hephzibah, Unholy Frankenstein, Amelia Bayler, San Fran and the Siscos

St Luke’s 17 Bain Street, Glasgow G40 2JZ






Fun Bat Walk Friday 25th August

The Bat Walk is great for the children, educational & fun. Come along and join in the fun.


Event – “Doon the Watter” Monday 17th July

Winter Gardens Update – The STV coverage has raised a number of questions for us.

We were recently  interviewed as part of  STV’s news article on campaigns to save Glasgow’s Glasshouses. As part of the news article a Council Spokesperson said that the sum of money needed to restore the Winter Gardens and People’s Palace was £36million. This was news to us! Where did this figure come from? We are trying to find out more…

Here is what we know:

  • We have had one encouraging meeting with Glasgow Life in April. At this meeting we asked them how much was required to restore the Winter Gardens. They did not have an exact figure.
  • Glasgow Life has now taken over the management of the Winter Gardens while Glasgow City Council retain ownership.
  • The Glasgow People own the PP&WG. Opened by Lord Rosebury in 1898 to the people of Glasgow “for ever and ever”.
  • Glasgow Life intend to submit funding bids in Sept 2023
  • The Restoration of the PP&WG is in the Glasgow City Council’s Strategic Plan 2022-27. The Plan sets out four Grand Challenges for the Council to deliver against. Within Grand Challenge one – Reduce poverty and inequality in our communities Mission 4: Support Glasgow to be a city that is active and culturally vibrant Commitment no 13 is to “Secure investment for the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens”.

Strategic Plan – Glasgow City Council

  • GCC has set aside £2.9million from the 2023 budget towards the Winter Gardens
  • Glasgow Life have now confirmed that they will be looking for £30+ million.
  • We are corresponding with MSPs & Glasgow City Councillors from all parties as we believe that it is a cross party issue.
  • The Winter Gardens contributes to several Council’s policies including its Biodiversity Action Plan


Here’s what we do not know:

  • Where the Council spokesperson, in the STV news article, came up with the figure of £36million?
  • The breakdown of the costs of £36million. Has a feasibility study been carried out? And if so, by whom?
  • What funding bids Glasgow Life is preparing?
  • How will Glasgow Life use the New Practice Consultation Report?
  • Glasgow Life’s plans for the Winter Gardens?


Opportunities for the Winter Gardens:

The opportunities are wide-ranging and should be fully investigated, some ideas are outlined below, and we are sure that there will be many more.

  • The seventy thousand plus people who have signed the petition want to see the Winter Gardens restored with plants and as a community resource, the “palm court orchestra “atmosphere of the WG. The need for planting and the importance of the WG to the people of the East End and beyond Petition · Save the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens for the City of Glasgow · Change.org
  • The Winter Gardens has a vital role to play in serving the local community. It was and should be again a versatile and beautiful space, promoting well-being for all who spend time there, planting a vital part of creating this tranquil atmosphere.
  • The Winter Gardens provided an opportunity to promote education on biodiversity and climate change in so many ways: working with children on nature projects; working with universities on research projects; and so much more.
  • The Winter Gardens was an extremely attractive venue for weddings, concerts, events, and functions and this could be widened to help create a sustainable facility.
  • The Winter Gardens could also be a hub serving wider climate change activity within Glasgow Green. 


What you can do:

 We ask that all our supporters contact their local councillors, their MPS and their MPs to urge them to support the request for funding the restoration of the Winter Gardens

Councillors and Committees – Glasgow City Council

Current and previous Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) | Scottish Parliament Website

Contact your MP – UK Parliament








History walks on Glasgow Green

The next dates for the History walks are Saturday 22nd July and Saturday 26th August

at 10:30am meet up in front of the People’s Palace

The history walk around Glasgow Green is lead by Peter Mortimer, local historian.  Peter has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the East End of Glasgow and the importance of Glasgow Green in that history. Find out about  the famous Templeton’s Carpet Factory, the last person to be hung in public, and James Watt discovery of the steam condenser.

Walks are approximately one and a half  hours long, informal and chatty. Peter happy to answer any questions. The walk is the same as last month, giving those who missed it last time a chance to take part.

Why not pop into the People’s Palace afterwards  for a  coffee and some cake. 

The Elastic Band at PP 125 year celebration

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