About FORK

We are Friends of the River Kelvin

We’re a group of people who care passionately about the River and its wildlife, we set up Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) in 1991. FORK aims to continue the rehabilitation of Glasgow’s second river and to present it as a model for river regeneration within the European community.

river4 FORK ensures we keep a healthy River by working with other bodies who are active on the Kelvin, including the City Council’s Land Services Department, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Kelvin Clyde Greenspace. Hundreds of people now take part in activities on the Kelvin – angling, botany, education, canoeing, clean-ups, social history events, talks, walks and wildflower planting. FORK organises all sorts of activities for other community groups, along the River and in Ha’penny Bridge House – FORK’s HQ on the Kelvin Walkway.

FORK aims to heighten and extend public awareness and commitment to the care and maintenance of the Kelvin and its tributaries in several ways:

  1. Carrying out environmental improvements along the course of the river, such as clean-ups and wildflower planting
  2. Promotion of the recreational opportunities provided by the Kelvin
  3. Improving peoples’ awareness of the natural history of the river and its environs
  4. The formation of local groups, to be responsible for that part of the Kelvin in their area
  5. Contributing to consultations on local development plans

Regular clean ups of the river are undertaken on the first Saturday of every month, along with other organised activities. The emphasis of all our work is to have fun while doing good.

As part of the West End Festival, FORK organises a Gala on the River every year

The Cormorant was adopted as the emblem of the organisation after one visited the Kelvin in the Spring of 1991 – a clear sign that the river was getting cleaner. Cormorants are now regular visitors.

Friends of the River Kelvin (Scottish Charity No: SC028920) was founded under the auspices of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Cathedral Square, Dunblane FK19 0AQ