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Pollok Country Park

Pollok Golf Course, Pollok Country Park
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Pollok Golf Course, Pollok Country Park

Located 3 miles (5 km) from Glasgow city centre in the southern suburb of Pollok, Pollok Country Park extends over an area of 146 ha (361 acres). It is the setting for the world-famous Burrell Collection, housed in a purpose-built museum opened in 1983, and 18th-century Pollok House with its collection of paintings.

The park is divided by the White Cart Water, and the M77 motorway forms its western boundary.

The park was created by the owner of Pollok Estate, Sir John Stirling Maxwell (1866 - 1956), who was a founder-member of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). He realised the importance of maintaining green areas within cities and gave the people of Glasgow access to part of his estate from 1911. He made a conservation agreement with the NTS in 1939 in which they jointly agreed to maintain the land as open space in perpetuity.

The estate and house were given to the City of Glasgow in 1966 by the Maxwell family.


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