Sefton Park Renovations Have Begun

Mid-winter, and the rawest, sorest part of the oh-so necessary works on Liverpool’s Sefton Park has begun. Here lies the pink ribbon of protest an anonymous tree-lover tied on this felled tree. And here (below) lies scattered the still fresh sawdust of the vigorous cull of trees around the upper lake. Soon, we are assured, these voids will be host to new and vibrant growth. Soon, our park will be even more lovely than before.

More information on Sefton Park is available here.
Photographs of Sefton Park on this website include:
Liverpool’s Sefton Park Trees Under Threat – Unnecessarily? (Photo of the subsequently removed Willow tree in the Cherry Blossom / central lake)
Cherry Blossom For May Day In Sefton Park, Liverpool.
For more photographs please see here.

Posted on February 1, 2008, in Liverpool And Merseyside, People And Places, Photographs And Images, Regeneration, Renewal And Resilience, Sustainability As If People Mattered, Travel and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

    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

  2. The green hell hound of Liverpool

    Sefton Park
    A rare area of Liverpool that has provided a naturalized environment for wild life is now under threat. All ready the chain saws have cut down many trees. These include some signature trees like the willow that grew on the small island in the middle of the cherry blossom lake. Large areas of undergrowth from the islands have been cleared away depriving the nesting birds of their spring breeding grounds.
    The heritage lottery fund that fund this project and Liverpool City council who are carrying out the work has a narrow criterion of returning the park to the original Victorian plan. I find this so called return to this outmoded idea of man’s domination over nature completely out of step with what we now understand about the natural world and man’s duty to protect this ‘rapidly’ dwindling environment.
    The draining of the lakes for dredging will deprive water birds of fish and food and will inevitably kill aquatic life, there IS another way!
    The maintenance of civic parks is of course necessary but we must protect our precious wild life and the city green habitats, especially as our county side no longer has as many wild places for flora and fauna (As was the case in Victorian times).
    For a long time now the out dated notion of neat and sterilized city garden/park spaces has been outmoded, and is not wholly desirable. Why can’t Liverpool move with the times and the changes in landscape gardening and concepts of natural managed environments?
    Consultation with the residence of Liverpool and (Friends of Sefton Park) has been patchy and duplicitous with agreements broken and trust destroyed.
    We’ve tried reasoning with the Council and Heritage fund but with no luck. It’s time for direct action, before more destruction.
    Please join me in this most important task.
    Meeting at Lark Lane Atelier
    33 lark lane
    Sunday the 24th Feb. at 5pm

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