Thanks to funding from the Fusion21 Foundation, community initiative Grow Speke is transforming a former Boy’s Club site into a thriving community garden in the heart of Speke, Liverpool.
Championed by Fusion21 member South Liverpool Homes, we have joined forces with Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside to create a place for people to learn new skills and meet new people.
The garden is set to provide horticultural therapies and activities to volunteers and people with low-level health conditions, in addition to delivering training to people who are out of work and providing an environmental educational programme for local schools.
Funding from Fusion21 will support major landscaping works and planting and will lead to the creation of a large wildflower meadow, extensive border hedging, an orchard and play space.
An amazing 280 tonnes of tarmac has already been removed from the site by Keepmoat to turn the wasteland into a vibrant community space.
Joe Cummings, South Liverpool Homes Enterprise Manager said: “Funding from the Fusion21 Foundation is really helping to transform the site and has helped turn our vision for the garden into a reality. It has also helped us to engage with our contractors and partners to deliver further social value - unlocking the potential for local volunteers to play a major part in the build. This garden is an asset to our tenants and residents and is likely to inspire people for generations to come.”
Paul Booth, Social Investment Manager at Fusion 21 said, “We are delighted to support this project which will become a huge community asset, unlocking the opportunity for social value generation and creating a space for community members of all ages to enjoy.”
Jon Hutchinson of Director of Communities for Groundwork CLM added, ‘The funding provided by the Fusion21 Foundation puts key pieces of the jigsaw into place to turn the site into a usable, beautiful and fun place to be. It is such a big area and this has made it difficult for people to use the space. From 2019 the community will have a green space which will provide fruit, honey and endless volunteering and educational opportunities.’
Grow Speke is also being supported by partners including: Merseyside Police; Blackburne House; United Utilities; Keepmoat; Galliford Try and Mersey Forest.