Solar Lighting Could Solve The Parks Problem

Eco- Solar (small) 06.7.15 031.jpg The debate about lighting in Liverpool’s parks continues, with strong views on both sides. One idea which resolves most of the issues raised would be solar lighting. It can be put anywhere, it’s easily maintained, it’s relatively cheap – and it has all the right ecological credentials.
Eco- Solar (azure sky) 06.7.15 030.jpg The nights are at last beginning to shorten, and we can finally think again of strolling around Sefton Park before supper.
There are big plans afoot for Sefton Park, as for several other of Liverpool’s parks, but one of the sticking points has been lighting – much of Sefton Park is unlit, and there seems little likelihood that this will change even if the ambitious renovations promised do actually come to pass.
Why no park lighting?
Several reasons have ben given for withholding lighting from large swathes of the park and its pathways (even some of the widest and most used). These include a fear that it will frighten away the bats, badgers, whatever, or that it makes unlit areas look ‘even darker and less safe’; and apparently these concerns are more compelling than the very understandable sense that a lot of people just don’t like walking in an unlit park, albeit they would like to get some exercise.
But at base I suspect that the most pressing reason for no more lighting is cost. The powers-that-be know it would be quite expensive to install and maintain, and they don’t want to ‘overburden’ the funding bids which are being developed to make our parks better and nicer places to visit.
An ecological solution
Eco- Solar (with tree & dark sky) 06.7.15 028.jpg So why can’t we bring together concerns for cost and other issues, and reach a half-way position which, to me at least, looks rather sensible?
Let’s have solar lighting.
Solar lights don’t have to be joined together with bits of cable, they don’t require electricity from a generator, they can be put anywhere (and more can be added as desired) and they don’t need time switches. Solar lights come on as it gets dark and they turn themselves off after a few hours (short stretches of light when it’s cold and only the sturdiest souls are striding out, and longer during those balmy summer evenings when everyone wants to promenade). Plus, once installed they are inexpensive, and their maintenance is easy.
And, perhaps best of all, solar lights are eco-friendly. If there’s one place in the city which needs to set an example with green credentials, surely it’s our parks?
See also: Sefton Park’s Grebes And Swans
Liverpool’s Sefton Park, Swans, Herons And Grebes

Sefton Park, Liverpool: Winter Solstice 2006
Cherry Blossom For May Day In Sefton Park, Liverpool
What Now For Liverpool’s Sefton Park?
Cherry Picking Liverpool’s Sefton Park Agenda
Liverpool’s Sefton Park Trees Under Threat – Unnecessarily?
Friends Of Sefton Park

Posted on March 13, 2006, in Knowledge Ecology And Economy, Liverpool And Merseyside, Sustainability As If People Mattered. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

    Opening date: Sunday 29th June 2008
    Two superb private gardens previously unseen by the public, plus ninety city allotments, will open their gates to for the first time as part of the celebration of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year 2008.
    The garden of the University of Liverpool’s Vice-Chancellor, Drummond Bone, has previously only been seen by the select few at Graduation garden parties. The large garden in the Toxteth area of Liverpool boasts a rare collection of old shrub roses, a grand formal terrace, grape vine and mature shrub borders. Contact Vivian Bone: 0151 728 8375
    Nearby is the new and developing garden of one of Liverpool’s old merchant houses, Park Mount, overlooking Sefton Park. Here gardener Jeremy Nicholls has been creating a glorious garden using vibrant colours and adventurous planting combinations, with some surprises and many rare plants.
    Contact: Jeremy Nicholls 0151 733 8205 / 07802 676242
    The ninety allotments in Sefton Park will show how well a city plots can provide fruit and vegetables of the highest quality, offering inspiration to other city gardeners. The site includes many interesting community facilities and a plot adapted for disabled gardeners. The site has featured in national TV and film productions – see the ‘Bread’ shed where Lilo Lil held her trysts on plot 89. Contact: Giulia Harding 0151 727 4877
    All the above will open their gates for charity on Sunday June 29th 2008, under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme.
    Sefton Park Palm House will be at the centre of the celebrations with rare and unusual plants for sale, musical entertainment and afternoon tea, and demonstrations from the National Association of Flower Arrangers. Contact: Rosemary on 0151 726 9304.
    Admission is £4.00 with tickets available at all four venues on the day.
    Contact Information:
    Christine Ruth, Press Officer, National Garden Scheme, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. 0151 727 4877 / 07740 438994

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