Volunteers And Pupils Sow Good!

ON Friday 24th March, a huge planting event took place in Stanley Park, Anfield. Stanley Park CIC and Carillion with pupils from Pinehurst Primary School and volunteers from Murraywood, Bagnalls, Astins, Glendale Liverpool and Living Landscapes helped plant fifty cherry blossom trees and sow wildflower seeds across the Grade II listed park. The project has been a joint venture between Carillion, who are currently building the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Stanley Park CIC, a social enterprise that was set up in 2016 to create a vibrant space in the park that people feel welcome, safe and happy in. Stanley Park CIC Community & Park Animation Manager, Rachael O’Byrne said: “It was fantastic to work with Carillion, volunteers and local children to plant so many trees, bringing a new dimension to our beautiful park. This project will also help Pinehurst Primary School children achieve their Archbishop of York Award, which we were thrilled to have been part of.” Children from Pinehurst Primary School are taking part in the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award which is a unique active citizenship programme that empowers young people to make a difference in their local community whilst growing in key leadership skills at the same time. Pinehurst Primary School Head teacher, Stephanie Tasker said “The Young Leaders Award allows young people to volunteer in their local community, so planting trees was a perfect opportunity for our children to get involved with. “As a school, we visit this park regularly and I think it is very special for our pupils that every time they see the trees and wildflowers they will remember that they have helped create this stunning change to our local park.” Alison Valentine, Carillion Community Regeneration Manager for RLUH said: “We are delighted to have made this project possible by donating trees using money we raised as part of our Sustainability Week activities. The blossom trees will become a feature of the park which people will be able to enjoy for years to come.” The project has been funded by Liverpool City Council, Stanley Park CIC as well as Carillion and is part of the lasting legacy of the new Royal University Liverpool Hospital construction and will form part of the NHS Forest. The planting event follows the restoration of Stanley Park- a £3.2m project completed last summer.