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:

Support Seaforth Community Shop’s hampers appeal this Christmas with Sefton 4 Good!

Seaforth Community Shop operate a Community Pantry providing emergency food during times of crisis throughout the year. To access this support, families are referred by Health Visitors, Midwives, GP, YOT, IMPACT, FIT, Social Workers, School mentors and Teaching staff.  The families have at least two children. They are not entitled to Food bank vouchers but do live in significant food poverty.

Seaforth Community Shop try to alleviate extra pressure put on families during school holidays such as Easter, Summer and Christmas by providing food and hygiene hampers.  So far this year, they have supplied approximately 700 hampers to families across Sefton.

The shop anticipates requests for support at Christmas for 400 families. We get some of our food from membership of Fare Share and buy the rest ourselves, apart from a meat voucher which is supplied by 23 Foundation for our families.



Click here to visit the Sefton 4 Good fundraising page

Click here to go straight to BT MyDonate and support the work of Seaforth Community Shop

In addition to donating to Seaforth Community Shop, they are also seeking a number of items to be included int he hampers. Please see below for a list of items which can be donated to Seafroth Community Shop:

  • Tuna
  • Soup
  • Corned Beef
  • Ham
  • Hot dogs
  • sweet corn
  • carrots
  • peas
  • Coffee
  • tea
  • sugar
  • cereal
  • jam
  • rice pudding
  • tinned fruit
  • custard powder
  • pasta sauce
  • pasta
  • curry sauce
  • long grain rice
  • biscuits
  • tub of sweets such as roses/quality street
  • soap powder
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • washing up liquid
  • shower gel
  • baby wipes
  • AA batteries

For more information, or to contact Seaforth Community Shop directly, please see below:

Seaforth Community Shop
73 Seaforth Road
L21 3TX


Phone: 07806 286990