A NATURAL ‘Cotswold style’ path has been created, in Bobby’s Wood, at Woodend, Maghull thanks to the work of a community group.
The Friends of Maghull and District (FOMD) were behind the scheme, and were praised by the newly elected Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Clare Carragher for transforming the area into a “beautiful haven and community asset.”
Funds were raised through a crowdfunding campaign for the scheme which has a safe perimeter with a wooden rail and mixed wildlife friendly hedging.
The path was officially opened by Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Clare Carragher, on her first official engagement.
She said: “As a local person I have been amazed at this transformation into a beautiful haven and community asset, and I want to pay tribute to everyone involved.”
Former Liverpool FC manager, Roy Evans was a surprise guest to say a special thank you to Ashworth Hospital head gardener Paul Pruden and his team.
The ex-Reds boss said: “The group have overcome considerable adversity to philanthropically and tirelessly create this beautiful community path to enable accessibility for all and connecting ongoing points of interest.
“Within a week they have removed 146 ton of soil, landscaping it invisibly into two rear hollows, and replaced it with 146 ton of layered path materials.”
The occasion was crowned by ten intrepid children from the neighbouring Bumbles Nursery being the first official users of the path, to find treasure under each of the ten recently installed bird boxes.
FOMD trustee Dr Frank Sharp said: “The official opening was mainly a lovely opportunity to express a small token of our immense gratitude to our main donors and the community, who during the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic have made the impossible possible, by creating this ongoing beautiful legacy and community asset.
“We were delighted that most of the donors were able to attend and they are too numerous to list here.
“However, we have created over 20 flower shaped temporary individual thank you placards around the path that will remain in situ for a week.”