Readers will remember how hard our community in South Wirral worked to turn the former Bromborough dock landfill site into Port Sunlight River Park, which celebrates its second birthday on Sunday, August 14.
To mark this event, a birthday picnic is being held at the park from noon-4pm; open to everyone. Activities on offer include a raffle, birds of prey, Cheshire wildlife, Wirral bee keepers, live music from The Beathovens, a play zone, and face painting. Additionally, there is a 5k fun run starting at 9:30am which requires pre-booking.
Port Sunlight River Park is a great example of how an area can be regenerated. Previously, the land was used as a landfill site which was in use from 1991 to 2006. Now, it is a 30 hectare park with a 37m high hill, complete with woodland areas, a River Mersey viewing area and a wildlife lake. The park was helped by £2.3m of funding from the last Labour Government to promote the development of brownfield sites and offers brilliant, unrivalled views of the Liverpool skyline as well as a place to enjoy walking and bird-watching.
Friends of Port Sunlight River Park’, of which I am chair, help to keep the park running smoothly by volunteering and organising these events. The park itself has won multiple awards, including ‘Ranger of the Year’ and reached the finals of the Liverpool Echo Environment Awards.
The park is situated on Dock Road North, Wirral, CH62 4TQ and can be accessed by train (Port Sunlight station is a 15 minute walk) or by bus (buses stop at Shore Drive and Shorefields, a seven minute walk). There is also parking available, including a limited number of disabled parking spaces available at Mersey View car park (these must be booked in advance by contacting Anne on 07587 550 060).
This will be a great event in which the whole community can really get involved and I am looking forward to enjoying celebrating the second successful year of Port Sunlight River Park. It just shows what can be achieved when people in our area work together.