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SLUG: South Liverpool Urban Garden

The Mersey Forest is working in partnership with Employability Solutions to create SLUG - South Liverpool Urban Garden - an outdoor community space and garden Garston, Liverpool.

This project includes creating a community growing area containing raised beds to grow food, as well as highly perfumed herbs and edible plants. An urban oasis is being created right in the heart of an industrial village with a long history of shipping, and provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the heavy moving vehicles.


As well as food growing, the garden is incorporating a performance space for use by the community to host events giving local people access to the arts, and includes a story circle to encourage reading and sharing stories.


Employability Solutions are looking after the space, providing young people with access to training and personal development opportunities.


This forms part of the new CANTeen project that enables young people to learn skills to set up their own social enterprise whilst promoting healthy eating and financial literacy such as how to cook healthy food on a budget. The project will run for just over a year and has been funded by The Liverpool One Foundation.

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