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Landscaping work starts at Bobby’s Wood following crowdfunding campaign

Landscaping work starts at Bobby’s Wood following crowdfunding campaign

by Henry James (December 2020)

LANDSCAPING work has started at Bobby’s Wood in Maghull following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The Friends of Maghull & District (FOMD) campaign was launched in April and completed in October. It aimed to improve Bobby’s Wood at Woodend (close to the junction of Northway and Liverpool Road South) reached and exceeded its £24,000 target.

Dr Frank Sharp (FOMD Trustee) said: “We are enormously grateful for everyone’s incredible support. In November, it enabled us to install the first stage of the improvements and make the area safe from the annual 7.5 million vehicles (20,000 daily) passing through the local junction, with the installation of the £4,500 knee high 92m perimeter (pictured) wooden rail.Cont page 3

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“The rail will also protect the December planting of a 230m mixed wildlife friendly hedge, that will be researched by a Professor in Ecology to demonstrate the 60% reduction in vehicle pollution.”

Ian Porter, FOMD Trustee, scout leader, and Maghull Community Radio Station manager, said: “Depending on the Covid restrictions we hope all the local scout groups and other community volunteers can help with the planting of 1,385 hedge whips and 200 tree whips.

“But if this is not possible we would be grateful if volunteers could contact Phil Dillon (MTC Community Services manager) on 010515263705, to register an interest in the hedge planting and planting potentially 8,000 free Mersey Forest trees we received in April to be planted in a variety of areas around Maghull.”

Supportive Local Sefton Molineux Ward Cllr Marion Atkinson was joined by Cllr Paula Murphy who stated that: “The improvements will make a fantastic difference to the local community and entrance to Maghull, while helping to make a beautiful natural safe space for the local children, not least those from the neighbouring Bumbles Nursery.”

Dianne Harvey (FOMD trustee and member of Lydiate Litter Picker Group Civic Award Winner) added: “We are absolutely indebted for the fence donations made by John Sisk & Sons (£1,600 fence materials), Kier Construction (£2,076 for fence installation) and Nationwide Fencing for their discounted materials and installation. Thank you to everyone for making the impossible possible during the pandemic.”

Further updates can be found at www.spacehive.com/woodend and cash donations can still be made for the next project stages at Morrisons, Dover Road - Post Office, The Chippy, and Blue Star.

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