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Foragers find floral treats in the heart of Bootle

Members of the highly successful One Pot Meal club at Bootle library had a hands on lesson in foraging recently.

The group, led by the Fairland Collective and Sefton Libraries, took a break from cooking up a homemade minestrone soup, to set about foraging for natural table decorations in and around Stanley Road.

Bootle Library assistant Louisa Harrison was on hand to lead a team of intrepid explorers around Bootle to find decorative flowers and plants that could easily be crafted into a bespoke table decoration. 

The initiative has already inspired a number of residents to join the Bootle Library’s Human Library scheme.

Thanks to a grant of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England – a brand new project will aim to support adults living in Bootle through the creation of a ‘human library’ where people can ‘gift’ their talents or experience to someone in need.

The concept is based around a place where real people are on loan instead of books. They provide gifts that might range from preparing and hosting a community meal or one to one sessions with someone living with a mental health condition.

A series of creative programmes will aim to uncover local talents which, in turn, will build a sustainable bank of volunteers who can pass their ‘gift’ or experiences on.

Calling all dog owners: your dogs are your duty

Sefton Council is calling upon dog owners to ensure that their dogs are kept under control in all public spaces.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now in place to keep Sefton’s public spaces safe and to protect the environment and wildlife throughout the borough.

In relation to the order, dog owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess, walk no more than 6 dogs at one time, keep dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified times.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas in parks, within all public roads and footways, within all cemeteries and crematoria, and under any direction from an authorised officer.

It’s important to remember that dogs that are not under control can frighten people and young children and may have an adverse effect on those suffering with allergies.

Additionally, dog foul is not only an eyesore but also has damaging effects to the environment and dogs that are not on leads can unwittingly disturb protected wildlife.

The PSPO has been in place since 13 July 2017 and will continue to be enforced for the next 3 years.

Anybody who fails to comply with this order will be guilty of an offence and will face a fixed penalty notice of £75.

For more information and to see the PSPO in its entirety, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs

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