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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.

Bids sought for UK Community Renewal Fund projects to deliver local growth

Organisations across Sefton are being encouraged to bid for funding from the from the national £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund.

Aiming to “support people and communities in need across the UK,” the Fund will invest in skills, communities, businesses, and by supporting people into employment.

Local growth priorities

Bids should be for a minimum value of £500,000 and should show how they can deliver the key local growth priorities of:

  • Investment in skills.
  • Investment in local business.
  • Investment in communities and place.
  • Supporting people into employment.

Applications must be submitted by Noon on Monday 17th May 2021 and projects must be delivered, with all activity completed, by 31 March 2022. Confidence that funding will be spent within that time-frame will be another key criteria in assessment.

Revenue funding

As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021/22, projects should be predominantly, or exclusively, revenue based.

The Government has introduced the fund as it prepares for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 to replace EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Successful projects

The Government has designated Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as a lead authority, responsible for selecting bids that will be sent to the Government for consideration and paying grants to successful projects and manging their performance. In selecting bids to be forwarded to be considered by the Government, the Combined Authority will prioritise projects that have the greatest potential to deliver the key local growth priorities.

Find out more about applying for UK Community Renewal Fund support.  

Players flocking back to Sefton’s re-opened golf courses where green fees have once again been frozen

Ninth green at Bootle Golf Course

Since Sefton’s Bootle and Southport courses re-opened last week almost 5,000 people have taken the opportunity to play a round.

Since the national lockdown restrictions were eased in March and the courses were able to reopen, 2,500 have played at Bootle Golf Course, while 2,300 have played at Southport Links.

Green fees frozen

For the second year running, green fees have been held at the same price. This means adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Twilight green fees kick in from 4pm at Bootle and at Southport where they are reduced even further from 6pm.

Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday and a round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8.

Contract prices, which provide 12 months’ play, also remain frozen and start from just £110. As before and unlike some other clubs, if a further national lockdown has to be implemented, contracts are frozen, so members do not lose out.

Free junior membership

And, until the end of April 2021, under-16s can sign up for a free junior golf membership.

Junior memberships are worth £80 and provide them a year’s no-cost play at Bootle and Southport courses. To qualify, under-16s need to register at the Bootle Golf Club or Southport Golf Links shops. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide proof of age.

To help protect players and staff, card payments are preferred at both courses.

Photograpsh showing machinery working on the driving range site
Preparatory work on the driving range site.

Driving range

Work that started in March to build a new, 10-bay driving range at Bootle Golf Course is not affecting play.

The new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlighting will mean golfers can take advantage of evenings to practise their swing and technique during the winter months when it’s too dark to play on course.

Find out more about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses and the offers available.

Notice: Manor Ward candidacy withdrawal

Voters in Manor Ward are being made aware of the following notice:

Andy Donegan, the Green Party Candidate for Manor Ward, has withdrawn his nomination from the ballot for the area.

However, the time has passed for him to do this, therefore, in accordance with the rules of the election, the election must continue and his name will still appear on ballot papers.

Mr Donegan will not be undertaking any campaigning activity and would not wish for anyone to vote for him.

Evensong service in Liverpool will commemorate HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Liverpool Cathedral’s Evensong service on Sunday 18th April will mark the life of HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The service, which is invitation only and starts at 3pm, will be attended by community representatives and political and civic leaders from across Liverpool City Region.

The service will be led by Dean of Liverpool the Very Revd Dr Sue Jones with the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell. It will include personal reflections from Dame Lorna Muirhead, who held the role previously.

There will be prayers from the Archbishop of Liverpool – the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon – and the Bishop of Liverpool – the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, along with representatives from other Merseyside faith communities each leading a prayer in their own tradition.

Attendees will include the Lord Mayor and Mayors of local boroughs, military and ex-service representatives, organisations including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Royal Mersey Yacht Club, Merseyside Scouts, Boys Brigade and local forces cadets.

The Cathedral is the fifth largest in the world which means there is ample space for the congregation to be safely accommodated and to observe Covid-19 regulations, such as social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.  

Well-wishers are asked not to congregate outside the Cathedral – but to watch the service online – via the Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgTSAfIhhA0. The service will also be streamed by local authorities across their channels.

Lord Lieutenant, Mark Blundell, said: “The Service of Commemoration is a chance for representatives from communities across Liverpool City Region to come together and remember HRH Prince Philip.

“The Duke was a regular visitor to our area over many years, most recently in 2016 when he accompanied The Queen to the International Festival of Business and the opening of both the new Exhibition Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

“During his decades of devoted public service, he touched the lives of many thousands of people, whether it was accompanying The Queen on engagements or his active involvement in many charities, organisations and causes close to his heart.

“Like Liverpool, he was tremendously proud of his close association with the Armed Forces.

“He leaves an incredible legacy, not just as Consort to Her Majesty, but also his work on the groundbreaking Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which has helped the personal development of so many young people around the country over many decades.”

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