Wildflower turf laid as part of Crowdfunding project

Wildflower turf laid as part of Crowdfunding project

by Henry James (October 2020)

THE successfully completed Friends of Maghull & District (FOMD) environmental Crowdfunding project that raised more than £6,414 in 2019/20 has now laid the postponed wildflower turf at Stafford Moreton Way which represented £2,000 of its budget.

The first stage of the project was completed in November by creating three borders - by stripping out three oblong areas of turf, planting trees, bulbs, and hedging.

However the final second stage that involved laying wildflower turf, installing a recycling sculpture and noticeboard in April was postponed until now, due to the pandemic restrictions.

Consequently, in September 2020, Paul Pruden (Ashworth Head gardener) and his team (Chris, Phil, Dave) supported by FOMD, stripped out further turf from around the borders that were created in November 2019 and laid 102 m² of crowd funded wildflower turf.

The turf that they stripped out was recycled by laying it on the sparse borders and car damaged grass islands on the road side leading up to and including the medical centre car park. A lot of these areas, previously had no grass at all because they had been damaged so badly. They also managed to remove some considerable fly tipping in the brambles.

Frank Sharp from the Friends of Maghull & District, said: “Hopefully the wildflowers should provide a fantastic display in spring onwards, alongside 1,500 spring bulbs.

“The property management’s (LCP) ground maintenance subcontractors (Spacecare) have agreed to look after this area in the future.

“Our community is immensely grateful to the Ashworth Hospital Gardeners Team for honouring their invaluable support, following the April postponement, particularly during their incredibly busy work schedule. Thank you also to Allturf for the 10% discount and Barney Rubbles for the free recycled timber for the marker stakes.”

FOMD previously tidied up Stafford Moreton Way: weeded all the borders, removed vegetation from roadside gullies, edged all borders and pavements.

Mr Sharp added: “For all those brilliant people still collecting plastic bottle tops for the recycling rhinoceros sculpture, there has been a slight delay due to the pandemic restrictions but we are hopeful that it should be installed in October/November. More updates: www.spacehive.com/stafford-moreton

“Please consider our latest positively supported community crowdfunding campaign to initially provide a safe and accessible natural space at Bobby’s Wood which needs your help to achieve its last 3% (£604) of its funding target. Information and how to donate can be found at www.spacehive.com/woodend, local community survey results, Q&A, Information Sheet at http://www.maghull-tc.gov.uk/news, and contact at Woodendcwp@gmail.com

“Many thanks to everyone, you have been unbelievable at such a challenging time.”

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