‘Ambitious’ new wildflower meadow network scheme in Sefton begins to blossom

‘Ambitious’ new wildflower meadow network scheme in Sefton begins to blossom

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

Organisers of an ambitious new network of wildflower meadows in south Sefton and north Liverpool have unveiled details of the ten locations.

Following discussions with local residents the sites in south?Sefton are to be at Marsh Lane Park, Peel Road, Wordsworth Street, Longfield Park and Violet Road.

With the help of local people sowing got under way this week at Marsh Lane, Peel Road, Longfield Park and Violet Road in Bootle and at Tynemouth Close in?Anfield, with work at other sites set to follow shortly. As a bonus, pupils from two local primary schools – All Saints in Anfield and All Saints in Bootle – have also been giving a helping hand to the project.

Ruth Livesey of Regenerus said: “?We’re all delighted that work has now begun on the mosaic of meadows and are very grateful for the input of local residents who have been extremely enthusiastic about the project.

“Over the past year people have been valuing their local open spaces and walks more than ever because of the pandemic, so the project has the potential to have a significant positive impact on the physical and mental health of local people.

“Now we’re all looking forward to work starting on the other sites in the weeks ahead, and of course to seeing the results of everyone’s efforts when the meadows flower for the first time in the summer months.”

The new meadows should be in bloom for the first time in the summer, when a wildflower trail map will be available to guide people around all ten sites. The new meadows are being created by the partners in the ‘Head North for Beauty, Pollinators and Carbon Capture Project’ who have landed a substantial grant from the Liverpool?City Region Community Environment Fund to develop the mosaic of meadows.

The partners in the initiative are Bootle-based social enterprise Regenerus, Scouse Flowerhouse and the National Wildflower Centre at the Eden Project, working with Riverside Housing, Torus and the Sovini Group.

The Community Environment Fund was established last year by Metro?Mayor Steve Rotheram to improve the environment of the Liverpool City Region and promote community involvement in ‘green’ projects.

Partners in ‘Head North’ say the new wildflower meadows will help to improve public spaces in these urban Sefton and Liverpool neighbourhoods, and give residents without gardens the opportunity to experience nature close to home.

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