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FRIENDS OF GARSTON PARK

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Who we are

We are a local non-profit group based in Garston, Liverpool. We formed to help improve and maintain our local park. Throughout the year, we run various events and fundraisers to help raise money for the park. We do this for the community, and anyone within the local area and beyond, to make sure our park is the best it can be. We want to keep Garston Park as somewhere people are happy to visit, whether that’s a quick walk with the dog, or an afternoon playing sports on the field. Your help and interest is greatly appreciated, the group is for everyone who wants to be involved and play a part in making our community the best it can be. So, don’t be shy, drop us a message on our contact page. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions and always welcome new members.

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What we do

Our main aim is clear, we want to make our local park the best it can be. The Friends work hard to promote, maintain and improve the park but there are only a few of us, please do join us. We have held plant sales, carried out tree planting and tree maintenance, planted wild flowers and introduced bog plants in the wet areas; we’ve organized community litter picks and taken part in Garston Park Fun Day. If you have any suggestions for improvements for the park or ideas for events, do contact us. Just now, we are working on a management plan for the park so that we can tackle regular jobs systematically. Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd of course do the heavy work, but with funding very tight, we take on a lot of the refinements we want to see. The big dream is to restore the avenue of trees which used to go through the centre of the park.  We would love to continue making these positive changes to our park, but we can’t do it all alone, we need your help too!

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LATEST NEWS

As part of Mersey Forest’s Northern Forest project,  Mersey Forest has teamed up with Liverpool City Council to add to the tree cover in some of our parks and Garston Park is one.

You will see some contractors planting over the 2nd and 3rd April.  This will be followed up by fencing the area off some time later.  The trees are a mix of species.  We have also been promised some planting to replace the central avenue which used to run across the park but this won’t happen until next autumn.

Please look out for the new planting.  Unfortunately there are some tree haters who attack new trees we put in but they are a minority who don’t understand the benefits to humans and wildlife.

Did you know that volunteers from the Friends group also maintain the planters around the ward – there are barrels on Garston Old Road in two places, and long planters at two crossings of the central reservation on Long Lane. We also maintain the flower boxes underneath the notice boards at each main entrance to the park.

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NEXT EVENTS

A dog walker has kindly offered to do some litter picking whilst walking his dog if anyone else would like to help we can arrange for litter pickers to be dropped off safely, these can be returned to us once our monthly litter picks start back up and why not join in. Please remember to keep to the government guidelines and don’t pick up anything dangerous or sharp please these can be reported to the council via their website.

 

 


 

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