About Us

Friends of the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green


Our Facebook page link is https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Peoples-Palace-Winter-Gardens-Glasgow-Green-100373718106010/
Our Twitter handles are @SaveTWG #SaveTWG

We are a Friends of Parks group. Friends of Parks groups play a vital role in enhancing local parks and open spaces, and help local people have a greater say in how their green spaces are maintained and developed. We are a constituted group governed by an elected committee of 7 volunteers. Anyone is welcome to join the group as an ordinary member. Members aim to protect, improve and promote the green space known as Glasgow Green and to preserve and promote the heritage associated with the historic site for the public benefit.


Our mission is to care, renew and advocate for The People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green. We aim to preserve and enhance the park and its key assets The People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green.


The People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green are important havens within the city of Glasgow, open to all where people can freely enjoy iconic buildings, green space, and heritage, and gather with others. In our vision, this great outdoor space and the jewel in its crown, The People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, will forever be a park of the highest level of excellence, open to all, supported by stewardship and working in partnership with Glasgow City Council.


In 2007, the Friends was set up as a volunteer structure, under the banner Friends of Glasgow Green. In June 2018, after more than 10 years, the Friends group went into abeyance. In September 2018, former members initiated the relaunch of the Friends group and formally requested Glasgow City Council to support the process. This process took some months and during this time, the iconic People’s Palace & Winter Gardens was closed indefinitely on December 31, 2018. During this time the group became increasingly concerned about the plight of the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens and its indefinite closure. In January 2019, a motion was successfully carried to change the name of the group to Friends of The People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green. In February 2019, Elspeth King became Chair of the Friends group and a new committee was elected. Elspeth King was curator of The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens from 1974-1991.
This is a pivotal time for Glasgow Green, its key assets, and the Friends. Now is the time to lay out an ambitious vision to engage the community and city in stewardship and advocacy, to raise additional funds, and to partner with Glasgow City Council to elevate and sustain the quality of care and stewardship this iconic place so needs, and deserves. People involved with the Friends group come from all walks of life and from different communities across the city. If you want to be part of this, be a Friend, join us!
We are working on developing our Strategic Plan: Four goals are cornerstones of the plan:

  • Build a strong base of support for the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green
  • Partner with the Glasgow City Council and other stewards to achieve excellence within these 3 areas
  • Revitalize the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green so that it meets the needs of its communities now and into the future
  • Be a robust and well-run Friends organization able too meet any challenges


The Friends plays a vital role in the stewardship of parks. We aim to work closely with other stewards to support, provide and fund the best possible care of the irreplaceable collections of trees, sculpture, fountains, listed buildings and structures, museum & botanical collections, all held in the oldest public green space in the UK. We also act as advocates, speaking out for the protection of these assets against misuse and encroachment and educating the public about such issues.