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Everton Community Garden – a green community space in North Liverpool

Green space – time and time again – has been shown to have a huge number of physical and mental health benefits and the group that meets at Everton Community Garden is living proof of just that. Originally set up by Friends of Everton Park in 2011 through a grant from the Clinical Commissioning Group, the garden is run solely by volunteers who keep the flourishing natural grounds alive for the local community to come get involved twice a week. The volunteers take on a number of tasks that incorporate the array of wildlife and natural assets on the site, providing plenty of activities for anyone and everyone to immerse themselves in nature. The primary school next door also use the space throughout the year to teach the kids about the environment and for them to learn gardening skills.

John Hutchison and his wife Hillary both help lead the days tasks. John says, “We grow a lot of vegetables and flowers, alongside getting some wood work projects done. This really is just a vehicle for getting people from the community out and about – learning and connecting with others while also being active.”

“We grow a lot of vegetables and flowers, alongside getting some wood work projects done. This really is just a vehicle for getting people from the community out and about – learning and connecting with others while also being active.”

The garden itself has had many volunteers over the years. They range from students who want to learn a new set of skills, retirees who want to stay involved in the local community, to those with poor health, whose visits to the garden gives them an opportunity to stay active and socialise as they recover.

Everton community gardens

Another member of the Community Garden, Danny, tells us: “One person who was a perfect example of this was Tony Broadhurst, who died recently. Tony was born and bred in the area and had never had or known a garden. He used to walk past the community garden every day after work. After three years, he declared one Friday evening that he had retired that day and would be on the garden the following Tuesday – he hardly ever missed a day after that. He loved it and committed himself completely to it in his retirement, despite his poor health. He was a gentleman helper and we really miss him and his strong community spirit.”

Danny also adds: “People are welcome to come along and get involved as much as they feel able to. We have people who work for hours and people who just pop in to get some veg, although we do ask for a small donation if you haven’t worked for it!”

The community garden takes its flowers, vegetables and woodcrafts on tour to different events around the city, such as Walton Hall Park Festival. This summer, they gave away homegrown cherries for small donations and invited people along to visit the community garden.

If you would like to get in touch with them, Friends of Everton Park can be contacted on FOEP10@gmail.com, @FOEP10 on Twitter and @friendsofevertonpark on Instagram.

Everton community gardens