Botanic Gardens mural plans given green light

Botanic Gardens mural plans given green light

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

PLANS have been approved to create a new mural next to the lake in Southport’s Botanic Gardens, showing Victorian scenes within the park to remind visitors of its rich history.

Artist Robert Newbiggin has been given the green light from Sefton Council to carry out the project.

The mural to be replaced was first painted by Robert 14 years ago and has become weathered in the elements over the years.

The new design will depict Victorian scenes within the park, reminding people of the history of the site and its inclusion on the Historic Parks and Gardens Register.

The initial concept and design have been signed-off by both Sefton Council and the Botanic Gardens Community Association (BGCA).

Robert will now begin the painting process in his studio across a series of boards, that once finished, will be put into position in the park. It is hoped that the project will be completed by spring 2022.  

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I’m so pleased that we’re seeing another of the phased improvements planned for the Botanic Gardens lakeside area coming to fruition. The park has such a rich heritage and the new mural design will really showcase this to both visitors and park users.

“I know that the community is very excited about the mural, as well as the wider park improvements, and can’t wait to see it take pride of place by the lake next year, which by that point will be fitted with new aerating fountains too.” 

Robert grew up in Southport and spent a huge part of his teenage years drawing and painting – often in the Botanic Gardens studying and sketching the flora and fauna.

Rob painted the mural of Captain Sir Tom Moore int he town centre last year.

David Cobham, Botanic Gardens Community Association (BGCA), said: “The new mural will be far longer lasting, and we are equally delighted to fund the first-class infrastructure materials.”

The two aeration fountains have been ordered as part of the first phase of lakeside improvements at the park.

The costs of the fountains have been met by recent fundraising efforts from the Make a Change for Ben group.

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