Plans to turn Seaforth wastleland into community garden

PLANS have been revealed to transform a rundown patch of wasteland in Seaforth into a community garden.

Emmaus Merseyside is behind the proposal, but in order to give the School Lane site a much-needed revamp, they need public votes.

That’s because the homelessness charity has been shortlisted in the Aviva Community Fund, with the project which receives the most votes getting a grant.

The community garden, called the ‘Participation Garden’, will provide training and opportunities for volunteers, schoolchildren  and homeless people.

The aim is to integrate homeless people into the community, enabling them to make a positive contribution.

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We really need people from Seaforth, Bootle and the wider area of Merseyside to get behind us and vote for the project before the deadline of November 18.

“The Participation Garden will be developed as a pleasant public open space with areas for growing fruit vegetables flowers and lots more. The project will create an attractive useful space out of what is now an ugly and neglected area of waste land”.

Emmaus Merseyside provides a home, support, training and work for up to 28 people who have experienced homelessness, enabling them to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living.

Nigel added: “Horticultural therapy is one of the oldest of the healing therapies and uses the relationship between people and the natural environment to affect human wellness.

“The opportunity to get involved in gardening and growing produce through the Emmaus Merseyside Participation Garden will be really enjoyable for everyone involved.”

To vote for The Participation Garden visit: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk