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Issue:- Monday, 20 June 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 3 news items.    Page - 12.

Secret Gardens, Hidden Histories

GREEN fingered folk in community allotments to civic parks across Merseyside are being encouraged to celebrate the Year of the English Garden as part of Heritage Open Days this September. The festival that will run from Thursday, 8 September 2016, until Sunday, 11 September 2016, is joining in with the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown by showcasing some of the most stunning public and private gardens in England. There'll also be free access to the gardens and houses at a selection of National Trust properties as well as lesser known private and public secret green spaces and community gardening projects with fascinating stories to tell.

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said:- "Heritage Open Days is a great opportunity to showcase the hidden histories behind the green spaces in your area. From formal, prize winning horticultural landscaping, to allotments, pub gardens and community planting projects, every gardener has a story to tell!"

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said:- "This is the chance for proud gardeners to take part in Heritage Open Days and an opportunity for visitors to enjoy some of the secret gardens in their own communities."

Organisers will need to register their green space with Heritage Open Days by 1st August 2016. By registering, all participants will be able to access a free marketing support pack and their event will be listed at:- HeritageOpenDays.Org.UK from mid July 2016. For further information on each charity, visit:- PostCodeLottery.Co.UK.

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Bright Park, Liverpool


Bright Park (formerly Thingwall House) was the residence of Henry Arthur Bright, a Victorian shipping magnate who left his house and gardens in his Will to use in the education of the people of Liverpool. Come and explore the park and its 4.9 acres of woods, orchards and trails. Explore the park and its 4.9 acres of woods, orchards and trails. The Bright Park staff will be there to tell you about the plans for the park and how far along we are with restoring the park to the community. Enjoy our hospitality with food on the site, or bring a picnic and relax on the lawns with music from local artists and Love and Joy Ministries Gospel choir. Come and see this secret wilderness for yourself and enjoy privileged access to a park that has only been open a handful of times in the last 30 years.

Eat, Drink and be Merry at the Smithy, Smithy Heritage Centre, St. Helens


A great weekend of Tudor style fun for all the family, with outdoor games, costumes, music and crafts. Follow the special trail around our secret garden and find out how different plants were used in medicine and magic. There will even be the chance to see some historic weapons and try your hand at being a knight! On Saturday, 10 September 2016, there will be a feast fit for a King, with dishes made from original recipes; come and have a real taste of the past!  Get your oven gloves on and join in with the 4th Annual Great Eccleston Bake off on, Sunday, 11 September 2016! Entries
will once again be judged by the lovely ladies of St Helens W.I. For details of how to enter, visit:- SmithyHeritageCentre.Org.UK/Whats-On.

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