Regular visitors to Maghull’s Central Square shops may have noticed that the flower baskets have not been looking their best over the past week or so.
A wilting, dry barrier basket on Westway
The problem? Well it seems that Maghull Town Council has encountered some difficulties in completing the regular watering of the displays for reasons that, I think it is fair to say, the Maghull in Bloom volunteers don’t fully understand.
What the barrier baskets should look like – photo from June 2016.
The watering schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week but by Friday last the volunteers were getting rather concerned as the flower displays were wilting and the compost was quite dry.
Some persistent phone calls to Maghull Town Hall led to a hastily arranged watering session taking place late Friday afternoon but inspection of the blooms in the evening indicated that some plants in the barrier containers were at risk of not reviving.
I am told that when compost dries out too much re-hydrating it requires quite a soaking so for once this summer the volunteers were hoping that the promised heavy rain of yesterday over Maghull was just that – it was! Further checks will be made today and if there is still a problem the volunteers will try to work out if there is anything else they can do to save any plants still at risk.
So what went wrong last week? Why did the Town Council, who are usually such big supporters of Maghull in Bloom, stop the watering which is supposed to continue until the end of September? Will the displays perk up? I will post again if and when things become any clearer.
Maghull has been looking good again this summer due to the work of the Maghull in Bloom (I don’t include my own meagre efforts here) and Maghull Station volunteers.
There are a lot of maintenance jobs to do not least the work of the ‘dead headers’ who each week take out of the baskets at the Square all the dead flower heads. It is a long task but the end result is more beautiful flowers being displayed.
Maintenance of the baskets on the Town’s boundary signs also needs to be done and Sheila and I have responsibility for the one on Southport Road. Watering and dead heading is required and we think that some kind person is helping as often when we check whether it needs water it seems to have been done. Whoever you are thanks and please don’t stop, your contribution is appreciated.
The raised brick planters at Treeview Court shops near Maghull Station look great all planted out and a part of Maghull in Bloom but a close inspection of the condition of the brick walls of the planters is a different matter. Just look at this:-
This is not a new issue but it is one that gradually gets worse year on year and clearly it is a health and safety matter waiting to become a hazard to pedestrians.
My understanding is that the planters are jointly owned by the private owners of the shops and car park but with Sefton Council having responsibility for the outer face of the planters. I know that sounds very odd but unless someone can unearth any other documents saying otherwise that’s is how it looks at present.
But whomever holds the responsibility for the cracking walls next to the pavement it would be better if repairs were made soon rather than awaiting further deterioration and the potential for someone being injured by a falling wall.
I have asked Sudell Ward’s new Independent Councillor Matt Gannon to try to assist by raising this within Sefton Council’s Highways Dept. and he has agreed to help.
The past few weeks have been very busy for Maghull’s ‘In Bloomers’, a bunch of volunteers trying to make Maghull look its best.
They have been at it for 9 years or more now and Sheila and I have been active within this great group of community-minded folk for the past year or so. I also had the privilege to work with the volunteers during my time as a Sefton Borough and Maghull Town Councillor.
Here’s a shot of the volunteers getting their hands dirty planting out the flower beds outside Meadows Leisure Centre on KGV Park:-
And here are 3 volunteers having a well deserved rest in the courtyard of the Leisure Centre, which they also maintain:-
Yesterday it was judging day with judges arriving in Maghull from North West in Bloom. They were taken on a tour of all the sites in the Town where volunteers and partner organisations have been working away; let’s hope for another good result as year on year they have been gaining top marks for making Maghull look great. There was also a celebration event yesterday to mark the culmination of the volunteer activities and here’s a shot from that:-
Sheila and I really enjoy working with the volunteers; why not come and join us if you live in Maghull/Lydiate? The Chairman of the volunteer group can be contacted at:- firstname.lastname@example.org
With grateful thanks to Maghull Town Council, commercial sponsors of our In Bloom activities and everyone else; we could not achieve what we do without them.
The Fruit Meadows next to Meadows Leisure Centre & Library on Maghull’s KGV Park are well er fruiting and residents are welcome to come pick.
This publicly accessible Fruit Meadow was planted by Maghull in Bloom volunteers with help from the National Lottery. There are edible berries and currants of many kinds plus rhubarb, cherries etc.
Just take a look:-
Good news – A group has recently been established to try to help Lydiate deal with dropped litter and volunteers are now meeting on the last Saturday of each month to litter pick roads in Lydiate. They meet at Lydiate Village Centre on Lambshear Lane.
This builds on the longer established volunteer group (part of Maghull in Bloom) that has been litter picking the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal for a number of years now.
I understand that this new group of volunteers want to expand into Maghull as well but clearly that depends on volunteers coming forward.
If you want to know more/feel you can help please contact Lydiate Parish Council for info :-
Tel 0151 527 2662
Some may see the need to do this as a consequence of austerity and the inability of Sefton Council to keep our streets clean. There is clearly some truth in this, but volunteering in your own community is worthwhile in itself and many of us do it in many differing ways. You also make new friendships and it helps reconnect folk with their own community. Please consider helping if you can spare some time.
I am especially keen to support local environmental volunteering as this is an important issue to me; its why Sheila and I volunteer with Maghull in Bloom.