A Green Liverpool! Will Liverpool become Europe’s Green Capital?

A little over a year ago, Liverpool hosted a lively and well-attended public meeting around the city’s impending bid to become Europe’s Green Capital.

Liverpool can really achieve this title. Time and time again, the Champions have sung the praises of our green spaces and beautiful city environment, from parkland to countryside to beach and riverside, landscapes of both local and national importance.

Since Bristol has just been awarded the ‘Green Capital’ status for 2015, Liverpool has not gone forward yet in an attempt to ‘go for the next one’.
But, Liverpool needs to come back to the big question of- How can Liverpool’s leaders, institutions and communities work together to ensure that our city develops in a truly sustainable way- ensuring that future generations and the environment will work in harmony towards this goal?

If you want to listen, contribute, learn and be apart of something big in the future that will give Liverpool the status of Europe’s Green Capital….and we have the potential to do it! Then join BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips who will chair the event; Malcom Biggs Chair of the awarded Bristol Green Partnership, Councillor Kennedy, Cabinet member for Regeneration and transport, Liverpool City Council, along with representatives of the Mersey Forest, Trade Unions, and a host of Health and community Groups across Merseyside.

I see, garden competitions, children’s art competitions, ‘Bootle in Bloom’, hanging baskets in abundance on every street corner, artistic giant scarecrows at the end of the motorway into Liverpool proclaiming our prize Award; our ring road a beacon of floral tributes, with roundabouts adorned in a riot of colour, colourful floral banners draped along our major thoroughfares, posters hanging on street lighting.
I see, spectacular festivals reviving traditional crafts of garland weaving, basket weaving, herb gardens, thatch work, and bee keeping; Speke Hall, Croxteth Hall, Sudley etc all gateways of garden excellence on show with Victorian bandstands open, music at Otterspool, Allerton, Woolton, Princes, Wavertree and Sefton Parks with ‘Larks in the Parks’ returning to add to the already growing grand pleasures of recreation and leisure for all in our parks.

As a participant in the Liverpool Garden Festival, I feel, just as I did then in the initial planning stage.
This will be a big one……. one fine day.

If you want Liverpool to be the next European Green Capital, and lets face it, we do have such beautiful green spaces, then join the meeting and get your voice heard or simply watch and be there as an observer, in what might be Liverpool’s next BIG EVENT!
Everything starts somewhere and from little seeds great oaks are born.
Meeting: Tuesday 11th March, 6.30-9pm
Friends Meeting House, School Lane.

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