A few weeks ago I had a walk round Stanley Park with my friend Rachael O’Byrne one winter’s morning. Well today we walked there again, with some other friends, because spring is on its way and we’re going to watch it carefully as it turns up in our lovely Stanley Park.
We also came across some enthusiastic gardeners, pruning roses.
Close to the expanding Liverpool FC ground we found signs of change.
This is the new open space, created where Lothair Road and one side of Alroy amongst others used to be, that will link Walton Breck Road to the park. Though trees are also being lost in the creation of the new avenue, apparently two trees will be planted for every one lost.
Time for an opinion then. And no it’s not about Liverpool FC, we were all having a day off them, some of our number not even being interested in football at all.
But about the planting in the park. I think it could do with a bit more wildness. Fine to be formal over in the formally designed Victorian/Edwardian Gardens. But not everywhere. Loosen up a bit and provide more plants and places for birds, bees and other wildlife to thrive?
For people to gather, for picnic benches, for more places to sit generally. For more activity, organised and spontaneous?
And we’ll be doing it again some time, maybe even several times, as the spring gets going – ‘Springwatch in Stanley Park’. I’ll let you know and Rachael will too. So see you next time?
‘Springwatch in Stanley Park’ walk started from Kemp’s Bistro at the Isla Gladstone, 10:30am Wednesday 10th February. See you next time?
See my earlier Stanley Park post for more pictures and history of the park.