Author Archives: Barbara

Botanic Gardens, Churchtown, 20th November 2022

On the way through Churchtown we stopped in the small Civic Garden (also known as North Meols Garden). We found this winter-flowering Viburnum x bodnantense blooming already, which is quite early. The tree variety originated in Bodnant Gardens in 1935 … Continue reading

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Sefton Park, 6th November 2022

Sefton Park is lovely in the autumn. It has been awarded the Green Flag quality standard again for the 2022/23 season, the trees are colouring up (if not quite to New England standards), and the sun was shining. What’s not … Continue reading

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Calderstones Park, 30th October 2022

This was a chance to look at some of the rare trees I was shown on the Friends’ walk on 27th May this year, as well as some old favourites.  Near the Text Garden we checked out the Aspen, although … Continue reading

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Croxteth Country Park, 23rd October 2022

It was raining gently this morning, with thunderstorms forecast for later. We headed for Croxteth Park with some trepidation, imagining ourselves getting soaked on the way back. But it cleared up by lunchtime and the sun even came out occasionally. … Continue reading

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Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, 22nd October 2022

This was a Saturday walk organised by the Friends of Flaybrick called “Flaybrick Autumn Tints” and led by Flaybrick and Bidston Ranger Neil Mutch and the Friends’ founder and secretary John Moffatt.  Flaybrick Memorial Gardens is the best-preserved of designer … Continue reading

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Bidston Moss Park, 16th October 2022

Bidston Moss was originally low-lying wetland marsh at the head of Wallasey West Float Dock. From 1936 to 1995 it was a landfill site for residential, commercial and industrial waste, then Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and the charitable trust Groundwork … Continue reading

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Rock Park, 9th October 2022

Today we combined a “tick” for another of the anti-slavery globes with a walk along a part of the eastern edge of the Wirral that we have never been to, although we have looked at it and wondered. The sixth … Continue reading

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Liverpool City Centre, 2nd October 2022

We stayed in town this week, walking around a sculpture trail called “The World Reimagined”, a UK-wide art education project using the story of the transatlantic slave trade to promote racial justice. The installation is of large globes, painted by … Continue reading

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New Brighton Street Art, 25th September 2022

New Brighton, once a popular seaside resort, became run-down in the 1960s and 1970s. As part of regeneration work it has become the venue for open-air street art, centring on Victoria Street near the station. We spent the morning touring … Continue reading

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Birkenhead Park, 18th September 2022

Although we have been to Birkenhead Park many times recently, we chose it again because it is near a church that was to be open on a (second) Heritage Open Day. In the park we mostly looked at trees, especially … Continue reading

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