Green transformation set to begin at Wirral park

Green transformation set to begin at Wirral park

Green transformation set to begin at Wirral park

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A PROJECT to transform a tired and underused Wirral park into a vibrant and attractive community space for all ages is set to kick off in Birkenhead.

Work will begin at Ilchester Park within the next month with the planting of more than 50 trees.

The planting will then be followed by the construction of new pathways, the planting of wildflower meadows and the creation of natural play areas.

A programme of events will be held over the summer to help local children use the park in a positive way and will include woodcraft and natural play sessions, culminating in a community celebration at the end of August.

The event will bring together the community to celebrate the ongoing work at the park and encourage the recreational use of the space.

The work is being coordinated by the Mersey Forest and funded by the Veolia Environmental Trust, which has contributed £67,000 for the project through the Landfill Communities Fund.

This will see around £100,000 invested in the park by 2015.

Ben Greenaway, from the Mersey Forest, said: “We are very excited about this project and are looking forward to the work getting underway over the next few weeks and months.

“A key part of this project is ensuring that the community use the park, which is why we’re investing time in running an exciting programme of events this summer.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “Over the last five years we have awarded £796,192 to community and environmental projects in Merseyside and it is always great to hear when one is starting.

“These improvements will make Ilchester Park a pleasant and vibrant space where the whole community can socialise, exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

“I look forward to hearing about the project’s development over the coming months.”

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10:50am Wed 7 May 14

bigfoot says...

How long before 'the local wildlife' up root them and turn it in to a motorbike track?
How long before 'the local wildlife' up root them and turn it in to a motorbike track? bigfoot
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9:39pm Wed 7 May 14

manic28_am says...

It must be so draining all the time to be the person who responds to this good news story with a negative comment. Some good work is happening in a part of our community that needs it most. This part of Wirral has been left to get on with it for too long and other people think if they drive through quickly enough they don't have to think/do anything about it. I for one am happy about this. Will there be idiots who want to spoil it? Yes. Will that matter? Not really. The right thing to do is try. Try we must.
It must be so draining all the time to be the person who responds to this good news story with a negative comment. Some good work is happening in a part of our community that needs it most. This part of Wirral has been left to get on with it for too long and other people think if they drive through quickly enough they don't have to think/do anything about it. I for one am happy about this. Will there be idiots who want to spoil it? Yes. Will that matter? Not really. The right thing to do is try. Try we must. manic28_am
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