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Sefton Park ranked in England's top 50

Green Heritage status comes after £6m overhaul

Written by . Published on July 25th 2011.

Sefton Park ranked in England's top 50

SEFTON Park has been recognised as one of the most important in the country.

It has gained the English-Heritage sponsored Green Heritage Site Accreditation. Only about 50 parks throughout the country have been given this award.

BandstandBandstandThe gong is given for achieving high standards in the management and interpretation of a site with local or national historic importance.

Sefton Park, which opened in 1872, has undergone a £6m transformation in recent years to recapture and reinterpret the features which made the park design so ground-breaking at the time. 

Its restoration, which began in the spring of Capital of Culture year, left it looking like a bomb site involving the felling of scores of trees, the draining of watercourses and huge rats skipping about everywhere.

ErosPeter PanBut three years on, green shoots are growing vigorously again. Even the most die-hard cynic cannot fail to be impressed by the site of a real live band playing on the bandstand on a Sunday afternoon, the fountains, the top notch children's play area and the return of the bronze Eros statue – and Peter Pan, even if it does have to live in the grounds of the Palm House, presumably for security reasons.

And speaking of which, the Sefton Park Palm House has retained the Green Flag Community Award which recognises high quality green spaces which are managed by voluntary and community groups.

The £3m restoration of the Palm House was completed in 2001. It is managed by the Sefton Palm House Preservation Trust.  

The park has also won the Green Flag award this year, joining 17 others across the city in an acknowledgement that they are "well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities". 

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 25th 2011.

The Eros statue is still a top the fountain, by the cafe, where it was originally. The statue that has moved into the grounds of the palm house is the Peter Pan statue.

I would also add that the band performances put on at the band stand, were put on by local resident volunteers. They were not put on by park management, and weren't funded by the council.

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EditorialJuly 25th 2011.

The band performances were a very happy surprise a couple of weeks back and the volunteers are to be commended. Can they sort out another Larks in the Park or Earthbeat for us please? Or can someone?

mrsmarsaJuly 26th 2011.

It says this in the piece doesn't it? Peter Pan is in the Palm House Gardens, presumably for security reasons.

mrsmarsaJuly 26th 2011.

It says this in the piece doesn't it? Peter Pan is in the Palm House gardens, presumably for security reasons.

AnonymousJuly 25th 2011.

Sefton Park is looking ace. We thought there was a pop festival or something going on in there yesterday, such were the throngs of people. But no, just a regular day. The tennis courts remain a source of shame, however.

Dulce DomumJuly 26th 2011.

The volunteers (mainly local people) who have put this summer programme of bandstand music together are to be commended: Sefton park is a real People's Park and the council have been brave enough to recognize this by supporting them. Is there a professional outfit around who might see this as an opportunity to take this to another level?

AnonymousJuly 27th 2011.

You don't want a professional organisation, Liverpool is sick of moneymaking shysters. The people who so successfully ran the Larks were the St Michael's and Lark Lane Community Association and the Earthbeat crew were performance artists from Bold St.

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