Liverpool’s Sefton Park Trees Under Threat – Unnecessarily?

The heritage people are (at last) about to make improvements to Sefton Park. Much of the intended work is welcomed by everyone. So why must they remove certain trees – such as a lovely willow – which those who use the park as a local place for peace and quiet have come to regard as part of that tranquility? I hope they change their minds soon.

See also: What Now For Liverpool’s Sefton Park?
Cherry Picking Liverpool’s Sefton Park Agenda
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
Solar Lighting Could Solve The Parks Problem
Friends Of Sefton Park

Posted on September 1, 2007, in Liverpool And Merseyside, People And Places, Photographs And Images, Sustainability As If People Mattered, Travel and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Lawrence Armstrong

    I hope they hurry and finish the lake in time for the Daubentons and my bat counts this year.
    I have heard there are plans for mature tree transplanting, is this true?

    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

  3. Jean – I gather there is a view that the tree must go because there used to be a fountain there; but surely the fountain could go somewhere else close-by? (Or indeed in another suitable spot – is history everything?) Is my information correct?
    I’d entirely agree by the way that some of the self-seeders must indeed be removed, but I hope not this particular willow!
    The whole thing centres on how much people are told / asked, and when.
    It seems the Council now plan to hold two consultative walks in the Park. (You may have seen notices which they’ve put up in the Park about it, inviting park users to join the consultation.) These walks are to be in the last week of August or the first week of September; final dates not yet fixed.
    The Council’s notices ask Park users to ring 0151 225 4877 and give their contact details. This will be an important point in the consultation, as there are of course quite a few issues still to resolve, both in respect of the trees to stay / go, and about whether to keep the railings and other issues.
    Best of luck as ever with the improvement project.
    PS I’m delighted to see that the current campaign acknowledges how important people’s views were in keeping the cherry trees in place! (See ‘Cherry Picking Liverpool’s Sefton Park Agenda’, 17 Oct. 2005, on this website.)

  4. It really is not as simple as ‘trees good; removing trees bad’.
    The one you illustrate is on an island which is to be restored.
    But I understand something of a campaign has started up to save every tree, including the alders which have self-seeded in the banks of the watercourses.
    The restoration of the watercourses is one of the most important and exciting components of the Lottery-funded resotation project, and won’t be able to happen unless these trees are removed.

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