The annual event which marks the start of the open season for the park, saw visitors enjoy maypole dancing, environmentally themed stalls and locally produced crafts, as well as the park’s wildflowers, wildlife and relaxing environment.
Two grants have helped the park to increase its attractions this year. A £280 grant from Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Natural Futures Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled volunteers to plant 400 wildflower plugs to enhance the park’s hedge banks, pond verges and grasslands. In addition, a £200 grant from the GIFT (Getting Involved, Finding Talents) Network, which aims to increase connectivity within the communities of Wirral South, has enabled the park to put up new artwork which will help promote the attraction.
150 woodland wildflower plugs, consisting of betony, common dog violet, primrose, greater stitchwort and wild strawberry, were planted along the boundary hedge and fifty ragged robin and fifty purple loosestrife plugs were planted around the pond dipping pond. The remaining plugs were common sorrel which were planted into ‘Charlie’s Field’, at the south end of the park. There was also a delightful surprise at ‘Charlie’s Field’ this year when it was discovered that over 40 Cowslips had naturally colonised the area following the start of a new mowing regime.
A planting event was held to plant the new plug plants which attracted regular volunteers as well as some new volunteers including students from Liverpool John Moores University’s Conservation Society. Ella Woodcock from the Conservation Society said “We were delighted to help at this community project and learn a little about butterfly ecology. We will be coming back. Whilst we were weeding purging buckthorn shrubs for the brimstone butterfly, a brimstone actually flew around us. It was great to see conservation in action.”