After months of lobbying at networking by Maureen Davies, Environmental Services Manager and Steve Owens, Neighbourhood Housing Officer, the council-owned derelict allotment site on Tollemache Road has finally been brought back to life again.
For years the site has been a grot spot for litter and fly-tipping, attracting rats and mice. Many of our residents back on to the site and were appealing for help to do something with the allotment.
Following many virtual and safe site meetings, it was agreed to turn the site into a green hub and community allotment.
Naomi Graham from Wirral Environmental Network (WEN), Lynne Struve, Eco Schools Officer at Wirral Council, Environmental Services, Tree Wardens, Wirral Wildlife and community volunteers have worked extremely hard to clear the site to use it as a green hub. Volunteers will be able to learn how to grow on seedlings, make compost and successfully grow fruit, all with the help of Wirral Tree Wardens.
The Green Hub will also be used to grow trees provided by the Woodland Trust to combat climate change. Many native trees offer beautiful flowers and colourful fruits and are vital havens for wildlife. Long-living trees like maple trees and oaks are extremely effective at storing carbon dioxide.
Peter Holleran, Voids Clearance and Cleaning Supervisor said: “I’ve only been with Magenta Living for a few weeks, coming from a manufacturing background and it’s all been a real culture shock. I had no idea that Magenta Living does so much to tackle climate change and the many other initiatives like Refresh, the furniture reuse scheme and now this fabulous green hub. It’s great to be involved with so many dedicated people who want to make a difference. I’m loving the job variety and looking forward to getting involved in many more climate change projects in the future.”
If you want to get involved with the Green Hub at Tollemache Road, Birkenhead, to help tackle climate change and make friends over a brew, please contact Wirral Environment Network by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org