City's newest park to be
LIVERPOOL'S newest park will be
officially opened as British Summer Time begins. Alt Meadows, created on a
20 acre site in Croxteth, will be opened by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe
Anderson, on Sunday, 29 March 2015. He will join a parade of local
schoolchildren who have been working on creating animal masks in their schools
for the opening.
Work on the park has involved extensive Civil Engineering Work, the diversion of
almost 1km of the River Alt, the creation of accessible paths, meadow, wetland
and woodland habitat. More than 2000 trees, nearly 4,000 shrubs and 2,100
wetland plants have been planted.
Liverpool based charity, The Cass Foundation, have led the project in
partnership with the Community Forest Trust.
Mayor Anderson said:- "This is going to be a celebration for the local
community and for the City as a whole. It is a brand new park which has involved
local people in its development right from the start. They chose its name and
volunteers have been involved in planting and other events.
It is a great example of how we are converting disused land into a vibrant space
and making more of it accessible. Together with our other initiatives it means
Liverpool has more green space than any other point in its history as a City.
It is very appropriate that Alt Meadows is being opened on Sunday; the day the
clocks go forward. We are moving forward in improving areas which will benefit
local people and visitors."
The opening event will take place between 12.30pm and 3.30pm, As well as the
parade , there will be a chance to sow seeds and plant wildflowers, drumming
workshops, a host of environmental crafts and face painting. There will also be
an opportunity to get involved with the Friends of Croxteth Greenspace. Children
attending have to be accompanied by an adult.
Richard Cass, Chairman of The Cass Foundation said:-
"We're delighted that
after a lot of hard work by a lot of people over the past 2 years we are
formally handing over the new Alt Meadows park to the people of Croxteth.
There is a direct link between how much fresh air and exercise people get and
their health, happiness and life expectancy; we hope the new park will encourage
people to enjoy the fresh air, to walk and to cycle. By making the area more
attractive it will also encourage investment and job creation."
Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral Lead for Parks and Open Spaces, added:-
"The opening of the new park is something the whole community has been
looking forward to. It is going to be a celebration of a wonderful new asset to
the area and is the City's 48th park."
Liverpool Community Health
NHS Trust wins national 'flu fighter' award
LIVERPOOL Community Health NHS Trust
was among 6 winners at the annual national NHS flu fighter awards.
The panel of judges, including the editor of Nursing Times magazine Jenni
Middleton, said that the team's remarkable efforts will be promoted across the
Country to inspire similar work.
The awards are part of the NHS flu fighter campaign run by NHS Employers, which
has helped increase the number of frontline NHS staff having flu vaccinations by
182,000 since it began in 2011.
The Liverpool team won in the 'Innovative flu fighter campaign' category
against stiff competition from throughout England and Wales.
Judges noted that the Liverpool team's 'ImmuniseYourSelfie' digital
campaign really got people talking about the flu vaccination. Staff from across
the Trust posed for 'selfies' and highlighted their reasons for getting
the jab. The trust's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts were fully
utilised to increase awareness with daily planned updates, including flu facts
and public health themed posts coinciding with seasonal events such as Movember
and Halloween. Over 90 #fluselfie entries were generated, as well as over 400
staff mentions of #ImmuniseYourSelfie on Twitter, over 500 retweets and over 300
Facebook posts, assisting the trust in achieving over 65% uptake of flu
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, presented the award and said:-
"This team has done fantastic work to help make the NHS an even safer
place for staff, patients, and anyone they come into contact with. More than a
million people use the NHS every 36 hours and many can be very vulnerable to
flu. So it's great that the majority of NHS staff find time in their busy days
to seek out these voluntary vaccinations."
There have been year on year increases in NHS staff flu vaccinations since flu
fighter launched nationally in 2011. At the end of the last winter 541,000
(54.9%) of frontline NHS staff were choosing to be vaccinated, compared with
359,000 (34.7%) in 2010/11; the winter before the national campaign began.
The vaccinations are not mandatory, but help to protect staff, their friends,
family and patients from flu. flu fighter provides information and resources to
help the NHS promote vaccinations locally and make them more convenient to have.
More details are at:-
#flufighter and on