Former Botanic Gardens and Liverpool City Council
at Calderstones Park
The local community has come together to help transform
the former Depot site at Calderstones Park. Work on the site has
been lead and coordinated by the Friends of Harthill and Calderstones
Park who have provided insurance for volunteers and have been given
access to the site by the City.
During the winter months from 2019 to 2020 much work took place
to clear areas at the northern end of the site and to create a perimeter
path around the south part of the site before the bird-nesting season
began. Local Councillors secured a grant from the Mayoral Fund to
enable the Conservation Volunteers to be employed to lay a wood-chip
cover over the cleared pathways.
Surveys have been carried out on the site to estimate the work that
needs to be done to create the vision for the future of the site
and records made of existing features and trees.
Different consultations have been carried out with a wide range
of the local community. Feedback from newsletters, Facebook groups
and meetings have resulted in draft plans to transform the site
into a Nature Reserve to encourage wildlife and with the ambition
to create an accessible yet peaceful area of the park.
The diagrams above illustrate:
A) Proposed Nature Reserve site as it is at the beginning of April
2020 – a concreted area is now exposed and the tarmac area
is partly cleared of old tree stumps, other organic material and
rubbish. Pathways have been established.
B) A draft plan of the Nature Reserve, with tarmac and other materials
removed, to illustrate the potential future use of the site.
The Friends of the park have taken advice from local
wildlife experts and conservationists. They also held meetings with
the (Liverpool based) Director of the Wildflower Centre at the Eden
Project and had positive discussions with the Mersey Forest group
who are able to provide selected trees for the site.
Community activity on the site temporarily stopped
in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Planning of future work is still
Ongoing tasks will involve working closely with the
City Council and securing other/external grants and funds for the
heavy machinery, materials and planting necessary to transform the
Further comments and offers of support can be made to the Friends
of Harthill and Calderstones Park by email here: FHCP
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