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Grow Speke Bonfire Hailed A Roaring Success

A recent Bonfire Event at Grow Speke has been hailed a roaring success by local residents.

Over 150 people came along to the event, which took place at the new community garden project in South Liverpool which is being delivered by Groundwork in partnership with Merseyside Police and South Liverpool Homes.

It was an opportunity for the local community to get together and have fun and as well as the bonfire, those who attended also enjoyed a free barbecue, refreshments, toffee apple making and parkin.

Grow Speke aims to transform an area of derelict land into a communal garden developed and run by the community where local people can grow plants and food.

Merseyside Police has donated £30,000 towards the project and this funding has helped unlock further resources to make the community garden a reality, with Jaguar Land Rover and Blackburne House donating further cash.

The site once occupied by Speke Boys Club, is being transformed into an oasis of tranquillity and learning and the cash, taken out of the hands of criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, has helped Groundwork to get our plans off the ground.

Since the demolition of the club, once regularly attended by a young George Harrison, the site has experienced issues with anti-social behaviour including fly-tipping, arson and drug-taking. The land was taken in the control of social housing provider South Liverpool Homes on a long-term lease and anti-social behaviour has reduced.

The Bonfire and the recent pumpkin carving event mark the start of a series of events being planned at Grow Speke. It's great to see the site beginning to take shape and to see how it is already bringing the local community together in such a positive way.
Andrew Darron, Groundwork CLM Executive Director.

When complete, Grow Speke will offer horticultural therapy to people with long-term health conditions, provide training to help those out of work and an educational programme for local schools incorporating art and wildlife. It will also provide a space where people can meet, socialise and even cook.