Friends of High Park Green Spaces and Brighter Living Partnership’s National Lottery funded High Park Project in Southport have been working with Sefton Council on plans for High Park’s green spaces

A local community group is making great strides towards improving parks for their local residents.

Now it is looking for help from people to construct planters and green fingered volunteers of any age to help with planting flowers and vegetables once they are complete.

Friends of High Park Green Spaces and Brighter Living Partnership’s National Lottery funded High Park Project in Southport have been working with Sefton Council on plans for High Park’s green spaces.

They were awarded £10,500 from the Liverpool City Region’s Community Environment Fund in January 2021 to install planters, adult trees and living willow structures in the area’s parks.

With support from Green Sefton’s Natural Alternatives team based at Botanic Gardens the community group will be constructing planters in park sites on the below dates.

The project has received support from local councillors and residents.

Local resident Natalie Neylon, who leads on the Friends of High Park Green Spaces group, said: “It’s been really good to see the community come together and support the development of the parks as they are key for residents to get a better connection with nature and an increased sense of local pride.”

Joe McNulty, Community Organiser for the High Park Project, said: “We’ve got this opportunity to build towards a ‘Green Recovery’ from Covid and as well as the Lottery funding we receive for the High Park Project, the input from Liverpool City Region’s Community Environment fund has been an incredible opportunity to invigorate that process.”

The planters will be distributed among three of High Park’s green spaces in Devonshire Road, Canning Road and Russell Road parks.

The group is open for local residents to support the construction and development of the planters and asks for support on the below dates and times:

  •       12th of October 10-12:00 at Wavell Close
  •       14th October 10-12:00 & 13:00-15:00 at Devonshire Road
  •       16th October 10-12:00 & 13:00-15:00 at Canning Road

Joe said: “It’s key for local residents to feel a sense of ownership over assets in their community so the more help we receive the better!”

Alongside the planters, the funding also covers adult trees to be planted across the sites by contractor JA Jones in mid-October and living willow structures in December.

During November, the project will also be working with local schools to plant baby trees (or ‘whips’) accessed through the Woodland Trust’s Queen’s Jubilee initiative.

For more information and to get involved in any of the above – please phone Joe McNulty on 0770 858 9017 or email joe.mcnulty@brighterliving.org.uk.

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