Derelict land in Liverpool, equivalent to the size of a city park, has been converted into community use.
About 19 hectares (47 acres) of grot spots have been cleared, existing open spaces given a makeover or new green spaces created, in the last three years.
“That is the equivalent of creating an area of green space the size of Princes Park throughout the city,” said Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for living environment and localism. “But while the amount of new green space is impressive the real impact is in how it improves the quality of people’s lives.
“Having community gardens, allotments or pocket parks in their neighbourhoods is something that local residents have really welcomed.
“Not only have they got easy access to green spaces but in some of them they have been growing food which distributed locally – others have got new artworks reflecting the history of the areas.
“And, importantly, they have got rid of eyesores which have been blighting neighbourhoods. Some of the new community gardens have been created out of comparatively small areas, where a few houses have been cleared, but the improvements have made a real difference to their surroundings.”
Among recent schemes are:
Community gardens at Altfinch Close, Dovecot; and Isaac Street, Dingle Allotments for schools in Croxteth
A wildflower meadow in Clubmoor
A garden for growing food in Cullen Street, Liverpool 8, which also incorporates a garden of remembrance.
More than 100 sites across the city have been converted into green spaces.
“Our approach has been to identify these sites on a neighbourhood level and work with local people, “said Councillor Munby, ” and the result is a greener Liverpool which is improving people’s lives.”