Creating a temporary community usable space
Since the 2017 explosion and subsequent demolitions, the bottom end of the Bebington Road precinct has look a little forlorn and forgotten about. Rather than have to look at regenerating weeds behind a mesh fence, the Community Land Trust has negotiated with the Council to try to establish a temporary community garden on the site of the buildings previously occupied by Lans House and other shops.
Although the site was cleared of weeds in Autumn 2019 and topsoil laid, the bad weather throughout the end of the year resulted in the topsoil being significant waterlogged. Work to the ground has also had to be halted until the former Griffiths Pie Shop (now under Council ownership) is demolished. As soon as this has been implemented, it is our ambition to complete the temporary garden with a back wall mural painted by local people, grass and planters with small trees, fruit and vegetables which local people will grow and harvest. We have been given a grant from the Council to purchase turf for the topsoil in spring, a £5,000 grant from the New Ferry/Port Sunlight Community Fund to purchase planters for the garden and we have had 60 small trees donated from the Woodland Trust.
The garden will remain in community use until building work commences on the replacement buildings, after which it is hoped to transfer the trees and other plants/features to an alternative site within New Ferry if one can be found.
If you would like to know when more work on the garden is to be carried out, please keep an eye on the New Ferry Community Land Trust Facebook Page.
In the meantime, we have already built some timber planters for plants in the precinct (with a grant from the Council's Wirral in Bloom fund), and we will be installing planting boxes on top of the barrier railings along New Chester Road with some of the £5,000 New Ferry/Port Sunlight Community Fund referred to above later this summer if the current pandemic crisis eases.
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