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Community gardeners begin work on south Sefton wildflower meadow network

Organisers of a network of wildflower meadows in south Sefton have begun sowing seeds at Marsh Lane Park, Peel Road, Wordsworth Street, Longfield Park and Violet Road.

Pupils from All Saints Primary School in Bootle have also been giving a helping hand to the project.

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’ funded through a 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.

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

Commenting on the progress of 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.”

Sefton Council supports many community groups and initiatives that help to take care of Sefton’s outdoor spaces and develop community areas in parks and greenspaces, as well as more urban areas.