Here are 3 photos; do you have any idea where they were taken?
The first two are of the same place, just differing angles – It’s The Dell in Maghull at the busy junction of Liverpool Road North and Westway across the road from the Hare and Hounds Pub. If you were there at this time of year, when the trees are in full leaf, it would only be the drone of the traffic that would give away the fact that this is not in the middle of the countryside.
Maghull in Bloom volunteers working with offenders from Melling’s Kennet Prison are presently undertaking long-term ecological work at The Dell.
The 3rd photo is off a section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal right in the heart of Bootle Village and next to the Strand Shopping Centre. The shot was taken from the bridge that takes Stanley Road over the canal where taxi’s and buses predominate.
It just goes to show that in urban town centres a little oasis of green can make all the difference.
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These photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
The Maghull in Bloom volunteers want to tackle a wooded glade right in the heart of Maghull at the junction of Westway and Liverpool Road North, across the road from the Hare and Hounds Pub. It is not well maintained or regularly litter picked which is a shame as it could look really nice. Many years ago Maghull Town Council offered to take it over and properly maintain it so the owners (the NHS) could save a few bob and the Town would look better. The offer was effectively turned down.
The land has belong to the NHS for 30 years or more (it abuts their Maghull Health Centre) but strangely they are saying, at least at a local level, that it is not/no longer their responsibility. I assume this odd response is due to the many reorganisations of the NHS under the previous and indeed current Government and that whomever is responsible for the land has got lost in a filing cabinet somewhere.
I am on the case trying to get the NHS to say whom we should now be speaking to and hope it will not be too long before we have an answer. After all if the NHS have volunteers knocking at their door you would like to think they would be very keen to engage with them.
Here are a couple of shots of the Dell:-
Hare and Hounds in background
Litter due to lack of maintenance
As an aside I also show (below) a shot of a bench that was installed in the nearby shopping centre by the volunteers in remembrance of one of their number who died not so long ago. If I told you that the Borough Council had raised concerns that it may be causing an obstruction I think, like me, you would think that maybe the Council should find something else to worry about!