Restoration of Liverpool’s Festival Gardens about to begin!
restoration of Liverpool’s International Garden Festival site is
finally set to begin almost 26 years after the event first opened to
Over the past few years, the landowner – property investment and
development company Langtree – has pieced together a partnership of
organisations which will fund, oversee, deliver and provide for the
future management of the formal gardens and return them to public
The works, funded by a £3.7m grant from the North West Development
Agency, represents a major step in the regeneration of the site into
an outstanding riverside residential community and waterfront park.
The scheme has been designed by urban designers and landscape
architects Planit who have also been involved in the restoration of
Stanley Park in Liverpool.
The work is expected to take 12 months and Langtree hopes to
encourage local community groups to be fully engaged in restoring
the gardens to their original splendour.
Key to the success of the scheme was providing suitable long-term
management of the new park and Langtree is delighted that they have
been able to attract the Land Restoration Trust into the
Partnership, a national not-for-profit organisation specifically
established to own and manage large scale public park assets, who
will assume responsibility for the gardens on completion.
Key aspects of the garden’s restoration include:-
► The restoration of two pagodas in the oriental gardens
► Restoration of the Moon Wall
► Restoration of lakes and waterways
► A new pedestrian access point created links the promenade
► New secure car parking and public transport facilities
► Ongoing management of the gardens
The restoration works will begin with the clearance of undergrowth
which has left many original pathways buried and un-passable.
Pedestrian routes will be widened and reappointed to ensure they
meet modern standards.
Langtree managing director John Downes said:- “All the Partners in
the scheme, Liverpool City Council, the Land Restoration Trust, the
North West Development Agency and the local community deserve
enormous credit for their involvement in finally making this scheme
a reality, but in many ways the real work starts here. The creation
of the park and the new residential community will finally deliver a
long term sustainable scheme for this strategic site on a major
gateway in to the City.”
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA, said:- “The start of
work to restore the international garden festival site is a
significant step forward in spearheading the regeneration of this
area of Liverpool and creating the conditions for significant future
private sector investment on the adjacent site. I am delighted that
the Agency’s £3.7 million investment will help to bring this site
back to life, creating a visitor attraction of international
significance that will further boost the city-region’s growing
visitor economy, as well as providing a important leisure resource
that will enhance quality of life for local residents. This is a milestone,the culmination of strong partnership working between the
Agency, Langtree, the Land Restoration Trust and Liverpool City
Council to bring this restoration to fruition and secure the
long-term future of this important site for many generations to
Land Restoration Trust chief executive Euan Hall said:- “Once
completed, the new park will be a magnificent asset for the local
community. However the most important thing about the restoration is
that this time we will be able to ensure that the park can be
managed for the benefit of the local community not just now but for
many future generations.”
Leader of Liverpool City Council Councillor Warren Bradley said:-
“This is a milestone in a key site for the city and many people have
been looking forward to the restoration of these gardens. This is an
area which should be a real asset to the city and one we should be
proud of, so we are delighted this work is starting.”
The International Garden Festive took place between May and October
in 1984 and attracted 3.8 million visitors.
The festival was the centrepiece of the city’s early regeneration
efforts following industrial decline in the preceding decade. Much
of the original site was developed into residential housing once the
festival had ended but a long-term use for a large section of the
site was never identified despite a number of attempts.
It is anticipated that the Festival Gardens will open to the public
in Spring 2011.
This is a
LINK to our history section all
about the Festival.
Pritchards, Formby gets Joanne Harris!
14 April 2010, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm Joanne Harris will be at to
Pritchards, Formby to sign copies of her awesome new psychological
thriller "Blue Eyed Boy". Manager, Tony
Higginson told us that:- "The new book is a stunningly
original and very topical thriller that will seriously make you
think. It is a brand New hardback and we are exceptionally lucky to
have Joanne visit us to sign copies. We are taking part in a
national scheme called "Indie Bound" and Joanne is one of the top
named authors who want to support such ventures. If you can't be
here to meet her in person please order your copy in advance and we
will ensure it is signed/dedicated for you. We will have stock of
all her previous bestsellers including her two great French Cookery
books too. I would advise pre-ordering any individual book in
advance to avoid disappointment. We also have RuneMarks her
reworking of the Norse myths that is a great book for fantasy
readers of ALL ages!" Also we can tell you that the
award winning shop, The Chocolate Cellar, from Liverpool, will be
offering a surprise or two!
to their advert page on Mersey Reporter.
Gung Hee Fatt Choi - Happy New Year!
February 2010 was the first day of the Chinese New Year and it is
the year of the Tiger. Many UK Chinese communities are holding their
celebrations later this year, because it conflicted with St
Valentine's Day. Liverpool, the home to the oldest Chinese community
in Europe, has delayed its celebrations until 21 February 2010. The
Liverpool celebrations will take place on the streets around the
Chinese Arch on Nelson Street and spectators will be mesmerised by
dancing dragons, unicorns and lions. They will also be able to
witness special firecracker performances and Tai Chi demonstrations.
The event is also a great opportunity to enjoy a variety of Chinese
food and traditional New Year's delicacies. Southport is also
delaying its celebrations, and the Grand Palace Chinese Restaurant,
Nevill Street, will be offering a fantastic demonstration of Tai Chi
and dragon dancing, combined with a mixture of cuisines that will
make your mouth water. Carol Mao, Secretary of the LCBA says:-
"We wish you and your readers a very prosperous Year of Tiger!
May your life and work be filled with happiness and success."
Chinese businesses and community website is located at:-
Take the lead and cut out pet treats for Lent, says PDSA
WITH the start
of Lent this week, leading vet charity PDSA is urging pet owners to
extend their lifestyle pledges to their pets - and cut out fatty
treats. The call comes as the charity’s latest dog obesity figures
reveal a staggering 35% of our canine pals to be overweight.
“Many owners get into the habit of feeding scraps and fatty treats
to pets. We know it’s not good for them and the onset of Lent is an
ideal time to make a fresh start. Millions of people try to cut out
bad habits at this time of year, so why not do our pets a favour and
improve their diet too?” said Sean Wensley, PDSA Senior
Veterinary Surgeon. PDSA vets believe the rise in obesity is
primarily due to owners indulging their pets with a more varied
selection of fatty, sugary and unhealthy treats and not giving them
enough exercise. A nine month health assessment of nearly 8,000*
dogs during 2009 paints a very worrying picture of the health of the
UK’s dog population. According to the data over three-and-a-half
million UK dogs need to slim down. Cats are also getting bigger;
PDSA has found that the percentage of overweight cats has increased
by around five percent over three years, with latest figures
suggesting that one in four cats are overweight. Sean added:-
“We have seen a steady increase in the number of dogs, cats,
rabbits and even small furry pets that are overweight. Thousands of
pets across the UK are having their quality of life, and lifespan,
cut short as a direct result of obesity. As people’s waistlines
increase, so too our pets’ vital statistics seem to be mirroring
that trend. Ultimately, it is the owners who are in control of their
pets’ food in-take and often they inadvertently feed an
inappropriate diet and excessive calories.” But it’s
not all bad news for pets. A number of PDSA pet patients have
recently undergone weight-loss transformations, overseen by PDSA
vets, after their owners enrolled them on its annual pet slimming
competition – Pet Fit Club. Pictured is the recent winner of the
competition, Amber the cat from Edinburgh, who lost 17% of her
bodyweight during the pet slimming challenge.
* data sourced from PDSA health checks on 7,959 dogs in 2009.