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Victoria Park & Fossil Park

Victoria Park, Glasgow

Victoria Park

Originally acquired by the Burgh of Partick, Victoria Park was named for Queen Victoria's golden jubilee in 1887 and is considered to be Glasgow's prettiest park. The park boasts an extensive range of formal floral displays, carpet bedding and hollies.

Fossil Grove in Victoria Park

The tree stumps are the remains of an ancient forest, around 330 million years old. Debris from these huge forests eventually formed the coal seams that helped Glasgow grow into a major industrial city. Fossil Grove is one of the most famous in-situ Carboniferous forest examples in the world. These fossilised tree stumps were discovered in 1887 when an old quarry was being landscaped as part of the work during the creation of the park, and the fossil trees were uncovered by removal of the surrounding rocks. Careful excavation of the site uncovered the fossil remains, and a building was erected to protect them from the elements. 



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