The Mersey Forest has supported the creation of Kirkdale Country Garden in urban Liverpool through the partnership of Jo Malone London and educational charity Rotunda. A grant of £35,000 was successfully secured from Biffa Award with match funding provided by perfumer Jo Malone London. Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
Kirkdale Country Garden is one of only four gardens around the world supported by Jo Malone and joins those created in London, Edinburgh and New York. The garden was especially designed in the style of a traditional English Country Garden by BCA Landscape Architects and has four main areas.
Representatives from funding and partner organisations joined together at a celebration marking the garden's opening at the formal opening.
Carl Smethurst, Resource Development Officer, who supported Rotunda with the fund management said "This is a fantastic achievement, with partners coming together to provide a much needed area of calm greenery for the people of North Liverpool. Biffa Award's support has been vital in making BCA's designs a reality"
The Mayor of Warrington Councillor Geoff Settle, Mayoress Mrs Jean Settle and local children formally opened a new village play area on Warrington Road, Glazebury, to cheers from local councillors, residents and businesses.
The four year project has completely transformed an empty piece of land provided to Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council by Bents Garden & Home into a natural, interactive play area and community space for the residents of the village. It offers a climbing and seating areas made from giant logs, a willow tunnel, den-building areas, a community orchard and wildlife-friendly hedges, trees and wildflowers.
Speaking after the event Cllr Settle said 'I was very pleased to cut the ribbon and see the results of all the hard work that everyone had put in - partners and community alike.
'As the Chair of the Warrington Nature Conservation Forum, I am very pleased that the design increases biodiversity and use of natural sustainable materials. It's a great example of combining the principles and ethos of The Mersey Forest, that of a local company, and ideas and suggestions from local residents.
'It is a wonderful natural play area with many lovely features that I can see are clearly stimulating young minds tonight. I remember when I was young that I got the same enjoyment exploring the woods and countryside at some risk in retrospect. The difference here is that it is a much safer environment where children can learn to appreciate exploring before they venture out into the wider world.'
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The First TransPennine Express and Forestry Commission Green Grants are now available for environmental improvements.
If you are a community group, charity or school, want to carry out a project that will benefit wildlife and the local community, and you are close to a FTPE station or railway line in the north of England, then grants up to £2,500 are available.
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United Utilities and Eric Wright Civil Engineering have been supporting Glazebury residents by adding the finishing touches to a new play area made entirely from natural materials.
New child-friendly gates onto the site, funded by United Utilities, add to the footpath already installed by Eric Wright Civil Engineering.
The paths and gates are part of a project to transform land provided to Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council by Bents Garden & Home into a natural, interactive play area and community space for the residents of the village.
Bents Garden & Home are also helping by organising a staff day to help with the final tasks including the sowing of wildflower areas in preparation for the official opening. The play area will open at 1pm on Saturday 6th June with children's play activities including den building, mini-beast hunts and natural crafts.
The new play area offers a climbing and seating area made from giant logs, a willow tunnel, den-building areas, a community orchard and wildlife-friendly hedges, trees and wildflowers.
The project has been organised and coordinated by Glazebury Community Play Area Committee with support from The Mersey Forest.
Graham Borg, group chair and local resident said: "We are so grateful to these businesses for their help with these final crucial steps, and would like to offer a big welcome to all members of the community when we open the play area in two weeks' time".