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Waterloo Seafront Gardens to benefit from lottery cash

A TEAM of dedicated volunteers is hoping to restore Waterloo’s famous seafront gardens, after applying for £100,000 of lottery cash.

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens is encouraging members of the local community to get involved with the bid and decide on how the money is spent, should it be successful.

The group, formed in 2009, is focusing its efforts on Beach Lawn, Adelaide Terrace, Marine Crescent and Marine Terrace, as well as the children’s play area next to Marine Gardens. The original gardens were originally created in the 1930s as a public works project and the group’s chairman Nick Thompson believes, with a bit of care and attention, they could be returned to their former glory and become a major tourist attraction to complement Antony Gormley’s Another Place.

Mr Thompson said: “We had a visit from a lottery bid case officer who said that our plan looked fantastic.

“Originally, we were looking to bid for a much smaller amount, but she told us we had the scope to think bigger.

“We really want to concentrate on the heritage and history of the parks and talk to people who remember what they were like.”

Over the past few years, the group has hosted a number of different events, including the popular scarecrow festival, and it remains committed to involving the community and local schools in their plans.

Mr Thompson said: “At present, active membership is quite small but we hope that residents and visitors to the gardens may be motivated to do more when they see how the council’s cuts affect their environment.

“Sefton Council Parks Department is having to reduce quite drastically the work it do, and we have been co-operating with them for the past couple of years to restore and maintain these historic garden through litter picking, planting and gardening.

“It’s up to us to keep up the standard, and we’ve achieved a lot in a short time – but there’s room to do a lot more.”

A meeting will now be held on Wednesday, February 7, at 7pm at Crosby Lakeside Centre, where the Friends will present their plans and encourage people to submit some of their own ideas.

More information on the group and the bid at www.fowsg. org.uk

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