Port Sunlight will be home of spectacular river views and wildflower meadows

FLASHBACK: Wirral South MP Alison McGovern launches the new Port Sunlight River Park with Mike Parr, The Land Trust, Peter Lunt from Biffa and Keith Jones from the Forestry Commission.

FLASHBACK: Wirral South MP Alison McGovern launches the new Port Sunlight River Park with Mike Parr, The Land Trust, Peter Lunt from Biffa and Keith Jones from the Forestry Commission.

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PORT Sunlight will soon be home to a public park boasting beautiful wildflower meadows and offering spectacular views across the River Mersey.

The finishing touches are currently being made to Port Sunlight River Park – a former landfill site that has been developed by the Land Trust.

With wildflower meadows, grasslands and picturesque views of Liverpool’s skyline, the 28-hectare park is set to become a haven for families and dog walkers.

Alison Whitehead, who has been overseeing the development, told the Globe that there is still a lot that needs to be done before the park is officially opened to the public this summer.

“The park isn’t open just yet but we have taken out a 99 year surface lease so it is going to be there for a long time once it has opened to the public.

“We have planted trees and wildflowers but the grasslands are still a little raw at the moment and the wildflower meadow still needs to flourish and new trees need to grow but that will happen over the next few years.”

More than 12,000 trees have been planted on the land that was once home to Bromborough Dock, with drainage work, viewing areas and soon-to-be-installed park benches all helping to create a spot that is sure to prove popular with Wirral’s walkers.

As part of the improvements, the Land Trust have also laid down a new road surface on Dock Road North, which will offer a smoother  approach for visitors and will also offer additional parking.

Developments will continue once Port Sunlight River Park opens, with a ranger’s office and public toilets all part of future plans.

Additional land previously owned by Unilever has also been taken on by the Land Trust which means that once fully developed, the park will be an impressive 25 hectares.

“We have still got work to do. We have still got to finish off installing the fences and the benches and we have to get volunteers but when it opens, it is going to be fantastic.

“It will offer great views across the River Mersey and to Liverpool and it will be a great place to see birds too.”

The site – which was used for landfill from 1991 to 2006 – is owned by waste management firm Biffa and has already become a nesting ground for a number of birds and critters, including skylarks.

The project, helped by £2.3m of funding from the Newlands scheme, is aimed at helping the development of brownfield sites.

Those itching to see what Port Sunlight River Park has to offer may still have a few months to wait but in the meantime, organisers suggest visiting the existing Shorefields Nature Park.

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