Walton Community Garden
In 2018 we worked alongside Liverpool city council to acquire an unused former site within the park, In May the same year we signed the deeds to the compound and began our transformation. We held several consultations with both the community and the park visitors to see what they would like in the park and what their vision was. We then applied to funders with the plans and dreams we all had.
Later that year we were given funding by Lottery awards for all, Tesco bags for help and Groundwork carriers for causes. This funding made the vision we all had become a reality and work began to transform an overgrown and disused space into a thriving community space.
It took several months for the clearing of the space to be completed by the volunteers. We then held a community celebration for the community and park visitors to meet the garden horticulture designer, Andrea Ku to help design the garden from where to place the polytunnels and where to place the seating as we wanted the community to be at the heart of the garden and have a say how they wanted their space.
We then started purchasing all the items needed to transform the space. We held community work days all advertised in the park and online and the community built a beautiful garden that even we could not of imagined at the beginning. Once completed we contacted the Lord Mayor of Liverpool’s office and asked if he could come and officially open the garden. In a fantastic ceremony Walton community garden was officially opened and everyone came along to see the transformation and celebrate all their hard work.
The garden has gone from strength to strength and has grown in many ways.
We have run lots of community events in the park including working with other park friend groups, outdoor education workshops with our local schools and charities. Please see our events page for details of our previous events.
- Growing plants for the park from seeds, both saving us and Liverpool city council hundreds of thousands of pounds in planting
- Grow organic food to use for our events, to help with food poverty in our deprived community
- Drop in advice days for keen or novice gardeners
- Arts and crafts
- Community planting and sowing bringing everyone together through growing together.
- Hosting for local schools and charities to garden and learn outdoor education
- Corporate and team building days
If you wish to use the garden for an event for your organisation, business, charity or just for a group of friends then please contact us via our email and we can send you a booking form to complete and run through what our community group can offer you.
- The garden is fully accessible and wheelchair friendly.
- We serve hot and cold drinks
- Compost toilet
- Seating area including picnic tables, chairs and benches.
If you would like to volunteer with us then please also get in touch. We are all volunteers and our garden and the work we do in the park is vital to this community and we value each and everyone who becomes involved with us. When you volunteer you can do it by contacting us or popping along to the community garden for an informal chat and meet the team.
If you would like to get involved please contact us