Loving Lodge Lane, a three day community festival which embraces everything from bee-keeping courses to ‘human foosball’ takes place next week.
Now in its fourth year, Loving Lodge Lane, celebrates all that is good in the area and is based around environmental and regeneration issues. It started in 2011 in response to media coverage of the 30th anniversary of the Toxteth riots and was aimed at making the area cleaner and greener.
“This is an area which is up and coming and has a lot to be proud about,” said local Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, chair of the neighbourhood select committee. “Loving Lodge Lane has been growing each year and this year’s event really does have something for everyone.
“We want to celebrate our area and community and this festival is a great way of doing that –it’s going to be a lot of fun but it is also going to help clean up the area and make it greener.”
The events include
Wednesday 18 June (2pm onwards) on the old Baths site, Lodge Lane; A climbing wall, furniture up-cycling, bicycle workshop, afternoon tea and ‘human foosball’ –the human form of table football
Thursday 19 June (2pm onwards) at the community gardens, Fern Grove: Plant giveaway and bee keeping courses. The Squash Nutrition “pod” will be there from 4-7pm when children are especially welcome to plant take-away mini salad gardens, make a herby salad or make fresh summer mint tea.
There will also be the chance to buy a bargain compost bin to boost the city’s recycling composting rate. They are being sold at the subsidized rate of £5 (waged) or £2 (unwaged).
Friday 20 June (2pm onwards) around Cullen Street: Wheelie bin art, community picnic and a bit of the countryside will be there when the Rice Lane urban farm will be bring some of their = animals to the green fieldsfor residents to meet.
On all three days there will be “Go On Lodge Lane” events with support to get online available in Granby Toxteth Development Trust (10.30am – 12pm ) and the chance to learn some digital skills, get on the internet and on email – for businesses and individuals. There will be free coffee and cake for all new learners!
Community skips will be available in the area on all three days for residents to dispose of bulky items and there will be additional ‘clean and green’ activities such as a distribution of free plants at Livermore Court for residents.
Loving Lodge Lane is sponsored by the Greenbank, Picton and Princes Park councillors and is a partnership between the city council, businesses, voluntary organisations, social landlords and residents.