National award for community group Friends of Hatton Hill Park in Litherland

Hardworking volunteers who have helped transform a park in Litherland have been given a national award.

Hatton Hill Park is one of only 15 across the UK to be given a Special Award for Innovation from the Green Flag Award Scheme.

The honour is only given to parks and greenspaces which have been through dramatic changes to offer “outstanding benefits to both their site and the local community”.

Hatton Hill has a small ‘Friends Of’ group who have been working extremely hard to make the park a nice place for visitors.

A key part of their success has been their efforts in transforming the pavilion community garden, as well as regular litter-picks.

The area is a bee friendly garden which also makes use of recycled materials to create a greenhouse and planters.

In spring and summer the garden is in bloom and attracts lots of wildlife.

The group work alongside Sefton Council and other partners.

Cllr Ian Moncur, cabinet member for wellbeing, said: “This award is a just testament to all the hard work the ‘Friends Of’ group put in making Hatton Hill a real community based site.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme manager said: “Research has proved that quality parks and green spaces play a vital role within their local communities. Hatton Hill park is a perfect example of this.”

North Park community garden in Bootle was also highly commended in the awards.