Gardens open to the public

A wildflower meadow on derelict land, the allotments where Bread characters Lilo Lill and Freddie Boswell held their trysts and a community garden created and maintained by refugees are among the locations in Liverpool taking part in the National Gardens Scheme Open Day this month.

The event takes place on Sunday 16 July and features a total of eight gardens in the wider Sefton Park area, open from 11am until 5pm.

The Sefton Park gardens – five of them community gardens in Greenbank ward created and maintained by local residents – are:

Fern Grove Community Garden – on a former housing site where local residents grow plants and keep bees. There will be a beekeeping demonstration at 2pm and children’s activities.

Quaker Burial Ground Community Garden, next to 93 Arundel Avenue – a community project which features  a pond, a young orchard, a vegetable bed, rock garden, bee keeping and areas set aside for wildlife.

The Bloomin’ Green Triangle community garden – a wild flower meadow on derelict land in Ducie Street created by local residents in the Turner Prize winning Granby Four Streets. There are guided tours at 1pm and 3pm.

6 Croxteth Grove – a small south facing walled city garden currently under development and featuring flowering plants, fruit and vegetables.

New Land on High Park Street next to Toxteth Town Hall – a therapeutic hidden garden of raised vegetable beds created and used by 25 families who have fled war zones and persecution from as far afield as Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. There’s a large productive greenhouse growing plants for the project and beyond. In 2015 the Family Refugee Support Project built a back to back garden, ‘Growing Together’, at the RHS Tatton Show and won a silver medal.

Parkmount – old merchant house gardens overlooking Sefton Park on Ullet Road with refreshments and plants for sale.

Sefton Park Allotments on Greenbank Drive – nearly 100 individually tended fruit and vegetable plots with a wide variety of produce on six acres, including disabled and children’s allotments and, on Ploy 92, the shed made famous by Lilo Lill and Freddie Boswell in the TV series Bread.

Sefton Villa on 14 Sefton Drive – a small walled Victorian garden with many mature and unusual trees and shrubs, giving it a secluded and tranquil atmosphere.

Greenbank Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “We have some wonderful and unusual gardens in this area, reflecting the diverse nature and passion of the local community.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the area and meet the people who have created and maintain some fabulous community spaces.”

Tickets are £5 on the day (children free) to access all gardens in Sefton Park, with proceeds going to charity. However there is an opportunity to attend for free as the Granby Toxteth

Development Trust’s Lottery –funded L8 Living Sustainably project is paying for tickets for up to 50 local residents. The free tickets can be obtained by calling in to the Granby Toxteth Development Trust, 129 Lodge Lane, (next to the L8 Supermarket) before 31 July – the first 50 applicants will receive free tickets.

More information can be found here.