Our Taking Root members have been busy getting ready to welcome the North West In Bloom judges on 8th July.
Careful planning of the route means the morning will commence with a meet and greet at the May Logan Centre café. The tour will take in North Park Community Garden, passing Bootle Library and then Oxford Gardens to see their recent restoration, before arriving at Derby Park to show off the work that has been done at the Coulson Memorial and also to meet the team from Natural Alternatives, Sefton Council’s biodiversity and access programme providing work and training opportunities for local people to manage the coast and countryside areas of Sefton.
Travelling on to Bedford Primary School, the judges will meet the children and visit their impressive sunflower garden. On to South Park Community Garden, with its focus on building natural wildlife habitats, which has made real progress in the last year.
With a quick stop at Bootle Town Hall to meet the SMBC staff, the next stop will be the Independence Initiative.
Sefton collects on average 20,000 tonnes of green garden waste per year, so a visit to MWRA Household Waste and Recycling Centre will give us a chance to show the judges how the visitor and education centre promotes waste management, environmental education and sustainability within the community.
May Logan Centre, North Park Community Garden, Oxford Gardens Restoration, South Park Community Garden and the Independence Initiative have all submitted entries to the ‘In your Neighbourhood’ category, but this is the first year that we have got together in Bootle to enter the ‘Urban Community’ category.
Keep your fingers crossed!