Garden Festival Site a Delight!

On Sunday I visited the long-awaited Otterspool Festival Gardens Site. This brought back memories of 1984 when I organised a gymnastic dance display in the beautiful glass domed Exhibition Hall and managed a small show garden for the education authority I worked for. It was fantastic to have been a part of the Garden Festival back then and the memories are still there.

The visitors like then are still flooding in old and young.I was delighted to see that some of the 1984 relics of the Festival have been kept. The original Chinese and Japanese gardens remain at the site. Visitors can now enjoy unrestricted access to the waterfront attraction on Riverside drive for the first time since the Garden Festival ended more than 25 years ago. Visit, as my family and others did, the beautiful pagodas and the “moon wall”, walk by the new lakes and picnic by the waterways and waterfalls and above all be of secure mind that the proceeds from the sale of homes on the site will be used to fund the work of the Land Trust Charity.

This will be responsible for the overseeing of the day-to-day running of the Festival Gardens site preserving its future for generations to use and enjoy. The only comment I would like to say is that the site would welcome a visitor center near the main car park, with refreshment areas or ideally a terrace to sit and reflect on the beautiful environment and perhaps an interactive history of the site explaining the origin of the Festival and its “idea” which created the Liverpool of today. The educational benefits (and I could write a book on those) would be enormous; commercial benefits with school trips and coach stops tremendous! This certainly is and I hope, an idea that will flourish if there is the funding and the will, vision and manpower to deliver to such an enterprising and resourceful Merseyside asset.

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