Formby – National Trust plans for Lifeboat Road

A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby and Little Altcar

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

Extract from Echo article – ‘Contentious plans to build toilets, pay and display machines and security fencing at one of Merseyside’s most beautiful spots are set to get the green light this week – but not everyone is happy about them.

Formby beach boasts sweeping sand dunes as well as picturesque pine forests and grasslands nearby and when the weather is nice, daytrippers come from near and far.’

SoSo Community Choir at Speke Hall

Some very rough weather at Speke Hall yesterday did not put off local community choir SoSo (Sing Our Socks Off) from entertaining visitors with Christmas songs during a very busy day for the National Trust property and this despite bursts of heavy rain. Here’s some shots of the choir:-

The choir has a number of active Lydiate and Maghull members.

The lead photo is amongst my Flickr photos at:-

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Formby – Residents prisoners in their own homes

A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

As a rule of thumb I don’t go to Formby or indeed Southport when the sun is cracking the flags, particularly on Bank Holiday weekends, as I know that traffic chaos is all but a certainty.

Don’t get me wrong I love going to these places but, traffic jams and parking problems are not for me. I could tell what was going on in Formby from where the new Brooms Cross Road crosses Brickwall Lane near Sefton Village some miles south of Formby on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday just gone. The traffic was so heavy around 10am that when the lights changed for me to cycle across Brooms Cross Road I had to peddle between traffic stuck across the junction.

But I’m also not at all sure what can be done to stop this traffic and parking chaos happening again in future, except that the drivers caught up in it may well decide not to repeat the day out sat in their cars in traffic jams.

Formby – The Asparagus Town

Formby is famous for asparagus growing this historic agricultural heritage is being celebrated by some interesting sculptures in and around the dunes and woodland.

Here are a couple an interesting wood carvings/sculptures related to the cultivation of asparagus that I have come across whilst walking the lovely dunes of the Sefton coast:-

Digging up the asparagus r

Asparagus Trees

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The National Trust has an Asparagus Trail to walk if you visit their Formby Point site – see link below:-

Asparagus Trail - Formby Pine Woods

The first photo is amongst the recent additions to my Flickr pages and the second one was added some time ago – see link below:-