For a small, newly formed charity, the past year has been a very busy one. The most notable achievement, and the biggest challenge, has been the River Alt project at Stonebridge in Liverpool. From relatively modest beginnings at the beginning of the year to remove a culvert, this project has evolved into a £1.55 million scheme to divert the River Alt into a new 900 metre long linear park.
It has involved significant engineering works as well as the creation of accessible paths and meadow, wetland and woodland habitats. It has created new walking and cycling routes that are safe, attractive links between housing, employment, shops, schools and public transport. The benefits to the river will include more diverse wildlife and reduced flood risk. Additionally, the design provides a high quality setting for existing and future developments.
The new park, Alt Meadows, officially opened with a celebration event on 29 March 2015. Its name has been chosen from ideas put forward by local people.
Community involvement has been integral to the project. Over 2,000 trees, nearly 4,000 shrubs and 2,100 wetland plants have been planted by volunteers and the contractor. Twenty conservation volunteering and tree planting days have been held and the project has received support from 300 volunteers. Birds have been surveyed, mosaics have been created and 1,400 people have attended our events and activities.
There are many more opportunities to get involved, such as monthly Walk and Talk tours and Conservation Volunteer days, and through the Friends of Croxteth Greenspace. The opening event is from 12.30pm to 3.30pm on Sunday, 29 March. All are welcome for the family-friendly fun, including seed sowing, environmental crafts, drumming workshops and face painting.
For information on all these events, and to keep up-to-date on all things Alt Meadows, see our Facebook page.
The project has been led and managed by the Cass Foundation, in partnership with the Community Forest Trust, with funding from DEFRA's Catchment Restoration Fund (via the Environment Agency) and Liverpool City Council.
Work in progress