Welcome to the garden that is Granby 4 Streets in Liverpool 8.
This is Cairns Street. Its gardeners, ‘That Bloomin’ Green Triangle’ have have just won the Spirit of Merseyside Environmental Impact Award for 2013. So the garden is all around us today. So is the 4 Streets Market, and so are plans and thoughts about what’s happening to the housing at long last.
Here Hannah Martin, our artist and designer for the day, sets up her screen printing, watched by Eleanor Lee of the CLT.
All day there are people stopping to make bags, make donations and talk about maybe moving in round here. Including some who were moved out years ago.
And it’s a street market.
I talk to Anna Abbie from Plus Dane and Ann O’Byrne from the City Council about who is moving in to Beaconsfield and they tell me 90% of the new residents are previous residents of the Granby area moving back in. Something residents have long suspected might happen, and are delighted to hear about.
But soon there are drums and the steady beat of life that has been going all day is joined by the drummers of Beatlife.
Beatlife have been going for ages and have been to the Street Market before. But today’s troupe contains many relatively new drummers, making a joyfully thunderous noise together.
And as they drum the garden listens too. As William Blake would, and indeed did say:
“Everything that lives is holy,
Life delights in life”
But the music and the market aren’t over. There are drums and guitars to come.
And at the end of the day, at the end of the street I noticed this:
And I thought of Nelson Mandela. Whose life stopped beating this week.