Picking Litter and Preparing The Meadow

As we have announced in previous posts on Merseysidenorth.uk, we are recipients of Tesco's 'Bags of Help' grant.  Today Friday 19th of February we ventured out to the site of 'The Meadow' to begin tidying.  There is plenty of work to be done on the site and it was excellent to get started.  It's amazing how much interest and support you can gather from, what is a basic activity... litter picking!  It's also satisfying to know that through this action you are also benefiting the habitat for the wildlife of the area.

We did mange to accumulate approximately 10 bags of rubbish and a wheelie bin full of two prams, a fire extinguisher, parts of a hoover and solid bag of cement.... I think we made an impact with our litter pick so many, many thanks to all of those who took part. 

Where to vote for 'The Meadow' on the 27th February- 6th March

We can now confirm the following locations where you can vote for Merseyside North and 'The Meadow' project between the 27th February and 6th of March.

  • (Southport) Tesco Express, Preston New Road, Churchtown, Southport, Lancashire, PR9 8PD.
  • (Waterloo) Tesco Express, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 4QH.
  • (Old Roan/Aintree) Tesco Express, Molyneux Way, Old Roan, L10 2JA.
  • (Crosby) Tesco Express, Coronation Road, Crosby L23 5SR.
  • (Thornton) Tesco Express, Edge Lane, Crosby, L23 4TE.
  • (Litherland) Tesco Superstore, Hawthorne Road, Litherland, L21 8NZ.

Thanks for all you support!!!

Tesco 'Bags of Help'...

Merseyside North and our project 'The Meadow' is delighted to be a recipient...

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

For more information visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

The Meadow... We need your votes on the 27th of February 2016!

We are proud to announce that our volunteer group and you as the local community of Merseyside North are recipients of Tesco's 'Bags of Help' initiative (#BagsofHelp).  We are asking you to visit your local Tesco store between the 27th of February and the 6th of March 2016 and vote for our project 'The Meadow'. Your vote could help us obtain £10000 or possibly £12000 to help us make a real difference in your community.

We are proposing to develop an area of Sustrans owned land to the rear of Sefton Drive in Maghull for the benefit of the community. This area of land is part of the National Cycle Network that forms route 62 and the Trans Pennine Trail. We would like to bring together our current volunteers and the local community of all ages and abilities to assist in removing overgrown vegetation, cultivate and develop the area of land into a wildflower meadow with the particular benefit to the bee and butterfly population that is in decline. We would also like to encourage other forms of wildlife by installing bat and bird boxes, hedgehog houses and insect hotels. For the local community we want this to be an area where they can visit for pleasure and leisure whilst walking or cycling. For those from the wider community we would like this to be a resting or turning point on the very popular NCN route 62 of the Trans Pennine Trail. £8000 would give us the tools, equipment, resources and seeds to clear the land, prepare and cultivate the area. £12000 would give us the means to sustain the project beyond this initial phase to be productive and self sufficient. We would provide permanent furniture for the community and those on their travels to rest a while, storage for the tools and equipment and hospitality facilities to increase the comfort of our community, visitors and volunteers.

Currently the proposed project area of land approximately 150x30m is featureless, misused and overgrown with brambles and weeds with little flora value. There is a tarmac path (NCN 62) running through the land which is often subject to littering and dog fouling. The area of land does have the benefit of control gates in order to stop motorised vehicles and some well established trees between the houses and the path. The project also has the potential to draw in wildlife and species from neighboring land to create a green, bio-diverse corridor. The area of land is accessible 24/7, 365 days of the year. We know the project is achievable, we just need the support of your votes in Tesco stores on the 27th of February 2016 to make the funds happen.

Don't forget to vote between the
27th of February and the 6th March
at your local Tesco store!

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Litter Pick Friday 19th February 2016

Basic Litter Pick. Friday 19th of February between 11am and 1pm. A recent inspection of the area has taken place and litter is in abundance. This area of Sustrans owned land is part of the National Cycle Network that forms route 62 and the Trans Pennine Trail. The Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and Cafe are in close proximity for refreshments. Please also feel free to incorporate this into a bike ride or walk along the TPT Cheshire Lines. I'll supply litter pickers, bin bags and basic equipment. I don't envision any heavy lifting or hard labour, but please wear suitable clothing (Sustrans Hi-Vis if you have one).  If you can make it, could you let me know so that i can facilitate. Many Thanks... email jc@photoreal.co.uk