The link above is to a short time lapse video of scything being undertaken at the ‘Meadow’ behind Sefton Drive in Maghull on the Cheshire Lines Path. It’s worth watching to see how this old and environmentally friendly grass cutting method actually works. It’s being done by volunteers from the Merseyside North Volunteers Group.
Call for assistance from volunteer group:-
On Sunday the 14th May 2017 Staff and volunteers of Sustrans and the Trans Pennine Trail will be attending the Meadow site in Maghull.
There are various activities taking place through the day and you are invited to come along to the project site. We have been awarded funding to transform this area of land from a misused, overgrown stretch of path into an area that will be of benefit to the community, path users and also the wildlife of the area. Over the past year, we have cleared a large majority of the brambles and overgrowth, installed benches, begun to install bird and bug houses and scattered wildflower seeds. In preparation for the 14th May, we have ordered 500 wildflower plants ready to be planted on the site. This is your opportunity to come along, visit and discuss the project… take away some information… and if you can, lend a hand! Please also take this opportunity to walk or cycle along the this area of the Cheshire Lines (NCN 62/Trans Pennine Trail)… It’s a beautiful and amazing resource that we have in our area!
Feel free to pop along at any point through the day
Timing for the day:
10am onwards – Scything, raking and clearing the ground in preparation for planting will continue throughout the day. Bring a rake along and help us clear the ground of the spring overgrowth
1-3pm – Wildflower planting, publicity stand and kids activities.
Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and Cafe are in close proximity to the site area.
If you are attending to participate in any of the raking, clearing and planting, please wear suitable clothing, sturdy footwear and gardening gloves.
Cheshire Lines/TPT – back of Sefton Drive, Maghull L31 8AQ
Any support that can be offered is always greatly appreciated, but if you do have any questions or require any further information… please do not hesitate to email me…
Thanks for your time and hope to see you soon
W: Merseyside North Volunteers merseysidenorth.uk
I have posted a few times recently about the work of the Merseyside North Volunteers who have been trying to tidy up/clean up the the start of the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull behind Sefton Drive.
I went to have a look at their work a few days ago and here are a couple of photos which show how much bramble, rubbish and overgrowth has been cleared away and of course the seats that they have erected too. It’s looking good.
The Merseyside North Volunteers work with the environmental charity Sustrans who created the Cheshire Lines Path.
Merseyside North Volunteers have the story on their web site – see link above
A really welcome environmental project being brought to fruition by volunteers on the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull.
I have mentioned this volunteer group previously on this blog site – they work as part of the environmental charity Sustrans who were instrumental in getting the Cheshire Lanes Path/Trans Pennine Trail constructed along the track-bed of the former Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway.
A previous posting of mine is available via this link:-
If you now have the background you will have probably realised that the work that the volunteers are doing is to the side of and behind the houses in Sefton Drive Maghull (they call the site The Meadow), an area that has sadly been bedeviled with dog fouling litter and fly-tipping for some years now.
Here’s the latest update on the project
The Meadow site is clear (thanks to a number of volunteers and rather large group of scouts from the area) and wildflower seeds have been scattered. Winter is assisting in keeping any weed growth away but unfortunately a small number of inconsiderate dog walkers have been about. Light fly-tipping and discarded litter has also taken place.
I’m keen to get things rolling again at the site and cleared up with the Meadow project due for completion. The near by recycling centre have said that they will assist so litter picking is high on the agenda of activities. I’ve ‘pencilled in’ the following activities for the coming months…
Sunday 29th Jan 2017. 10am-1pm Clearing vegetation around entrance areas to the site in preparation for planting. Path edging and litter picking.
Saturday 4th Feb 2017. 1pm-3.30pm Photography Walk. Grab your walking boots and that new camera you got for Christmas to join me in exploring the area around the Meadow. The aim is to capture images that can potentially
be incorporated into artwork and signage on the Meadow site. It’s also an opportunity to do a bit of litter picking whilst we’re out.
Sunday 12th Feb 2017 10am-onwards. Installing signage sleepers and benches.
Feb Half Term Week. Bug House Building and Bird House Installing. (Check website for dates and times)
Sunday 19th Feb 2017 10am-onwards. Installing signage sleepers and benches.
Sunday 26th Feb 2017 10am-1pm General site maintenance, litter picking, bird table installation.
Sunday 5th March 2017 10am-1pm Clearing weed growth, planting.
Sunday 12th March 2017 10am-1pm Clearing weed growth, planting and install signage.
Sunday 26th March 2017 10am- onwards. Edge path, wildflower reseed, Project completion celebration.
April Onwards… Activities and maintenance will progress beyond the Meadow site in particular up the Cheshire Lines.
Extra dates will be added as the site activity progresses. You should check this website [see link at end of this posting] for revised times, amendments and any further information. All activities start or take place on the Meadow site. Any children should be accompanied by an adult. We suggest you wear sturdy suitable footwear and clothing that you don’t mind getting a little muddy. Sefton Meadows Garden Centre cafe is close by but I will endeavour to provide some light refreshments on site. Any assistance that can be provided in the above activities is always welcome. If you are able to help on any of the above dates, could you email me email@example.com or text 07713158716 to let me know. I can also keep you updated if anything changes.
If you have any questions, again please don’t hesitate to drop me an email. Below is a flyer with the above information.
Thanks for all you do and hope to see you all soon
Merseyside North Volunteers
Now here’s something that could have been utterly boring but was actually quite interesting.
I attended my first meeting of this group recently representing both Lydiate Parish Council (which I am a member of) and Maghull Town Council (which I am not a member of). The meeting was held in Ainsdale’s Discovery Centre near to Pontins.
Other Parish Councils in Sefton were represented on it together with Ramblers and horse riding groups.
I have always had a fascination with public footpaths and regularly walk them both locally and further afield with Sheila and old chum Keith.
Scramble motorbikes on the local footpath network are a constant menace so erecting barriers to make life difficult for them is desirable where it’s possible. The representative of Sefton Parish Council asked for a style to be considered for the start of the footpath to Netherton off Bridges Lane in Sefton Village. Presently there is just a gap that makes scramble bikes access rather too easy. Here’s a photo of the site:-
A worrying problem that could do with being addressed is the lack of safe crossing facilities across the Formby by-pass particularly for horse riders. As you can imagine this road, with a speed limit of 60mph and which will usually have vehicles travelling on it at over over 70mph, is not a safe one to cross. A solution could be costly but I hope one will be fully investigated as a consequence of our discussion today.
We also touched on the recent success of the Sustrans Merseyside North Volunteers who not so long ago won a large grant from Tesco to improve the environment around the Sefton Drive (Maghull) access footpath to the Cheshire Lines Footpath/Trans Pennine Trail. This is the area concerned. The photo is from 2013:-
The tragic accidents where Fisherman’s Path crosses the Liverpool – Southport railway line in Formby also came up and we were assured that Sefton Council and Network Rail were still trying to find viable solutions following a number of pedestrian deaths in recent times. My previous blog posting from January this year refers to one of the tragic accidents – see link below:-
So on the whole and interesting first meeting for me.
What is important though is that issues with the Sefton public footpath and bridleway network are reported so that they can be addressed. So if you come across issues such as broken styles, overgrown paths, fallen trees blocking paths, illegal blocking of paths by land owners etc. just let me know and I will pass the concerns on to Sefton Council in the hope that they can be addressed.