A growing concern

Young gardeners

A disused plot of land has been transformed into a community garden by Dovecot residents.

The Altfinch Close garden project, Growing Altfinch, will provide gardening lessons, community composting and recycling facilities for neighbours so they can learn how to grow their own food and make the most of their household waste. It has receieved funding from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA)

The Growing Altfinch project is one of a number of projects that has received support from MRWA’s Community Fund. Working with the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse. The project will also feature arts, crafts and drama activities to drive the waste prevention message home.

Growing Altfinch project organiser Laura Pullig said: “The area has faced a range of challenges in the past

Altfinch Close community gardeners, including a lot of empty properties. Part of the idea of the project was to help bring the community together and it’s starting to have a real impact.

“We were already creating the garden but the MRWA money means we can really develop it and make the most of the opportunity to show people very practical ways of reducing their household waste – and their food shopping bills at the same time.”

As well as funding waste prevention and composting sessions, the MRWA grant will also pay for new raised beds and planting of fruit trees, berry bushes and other permanent plants.Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Growing Altfinch is a great scheme and impressed us simply because it brings so many other valuable community benefits together with some very practical efforts to reduce household waste.”

Pictured: Young Altfinch Close gardeners Molly Moore, left, aged eight, and, Marnie Jo Moore, aged six.