Maghull – Project to enhance Bobby’s Wood

Maghull folk will probably know the name Frank Sharp because of his efforts to both fund raise and improve the formerly neglected site along Stafford Moreton Way adjacent to the new Home Bargains Store in the Town.

Well Frank is now turning his attention to Bobby’s Wood (owned by Sefton Borough Council but maintained by Maghull Town Council) in the Woodend part of Maghull – the grassed and tree plot at the junction of Liverpool Road South and Northway. Here’s Frank to tell you all about it:-

‘We are undertaking an ambitious environmental crowdfunding project at Woodend (Bobby’s Wood), that we have entitled – ‘Woodend Community Woodland Project’. In essence we are trying to raise money for an (1) accessible pathway to connect current and future community driven projects and (2) a knee-high ‘birds mouth’ fence to protect the free donation of 1150 wildlife friendly hedge whips to surround the 230m site. The hedge will provide: safety for children and pets, habitat for wildlife, a beautiful natural aesthetic. There also seems to be a possibility that the hedge donors – the Tree Council will work with the environmental department at Sefton Council to undertake an evidence-based piece of research to demonstrate the effectiveness of hedges in reducing vehicle pollution (the small evidence-base currently suggest hedges can reduce this pollution by 60%). In addition, we are hoping to plant hundreds of free tree whips from Northern Forest to future proof the current trees.

There are many other costed aspirations but realistically they will be for a 2021 campaign. We have launched the campaign with a fun children’s rainbow art competition which completes on the 27.4.20 and I want to highlight the need for pledges on the crowdfunding website where there is a lovely introductory video. All the small pledges on the website make a massive difference, as it enables the large funders to decide who to allocated funds to.’

Here’s a link to the fund raising page:-

www.spacehive.com/woodend

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Crowdfunding helps Liverpool feasibility study into Churchill Flyover

More than £40,000 has been raised by public donations through the crowdfunding website Spacehive to begin a feasibility study on whether the Churchill flyover in Liverpool could become a promenade in the sky, complete with arts spaces, landscaped gardens and coffee shops. The project has been compared with New York’s High Line – a hugely popular one-mile linear park built along a disused railway, which has revitalised an area of Manhattan’s West Side.

The Independent had the story (as did the Liverpool Echo)- Page: 20-21 – 3rd May

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crowdfunding-gets-liverpools-elevated-park-off-the-ground-9318140.html

This is a fascinating idea but the Churchill flyover is a different kind of elevated structure to the one in New York. For a start it is shorter and constructed of concrete as opposed to steel. It is also not level but inclined. It will be interesting to see if/how this flyover can be re-purposed but some radical thinking will be required. It will also need a significant capital investment to undertake the works and of course to pay for the year on year maintenance. If it can be brought off (most likely without any money from the Council or Government) it will be a significant achievement as the New York project has been a huge success, However, as I say, the circumstances in Liverpool are not altogether the same.

www.thehighline.org/

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Line_%28New_York_City%29