Mayor opens new garden and launches Seaforth Green
The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, has opened a new participation garden and the community green surrounding the Emmaus Merseyside community building.
On Monday 8 May, formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Merseyside were joined by residents from the local community and supporters of the garden for the official opening. At the event, a brand new ride-on mower, purchased with support from Cammell Laird, was used for the first time on the open green space at the front of the building, which is now to be called the Seaforth Green.
"I was delighted to visit the Emmaus project. It is really inspirational. I wish them every success. I was particularly impressed with their emphasis and getting people into meaningful work.”
Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne
Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs three social enterprises in Merseyside, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac and vintage pieces.
“It is an amazing opportunity to be involved in establishing the Emmaus Merseyside community and its surrounding area. Our hopes are that Sefton Green and our Participation Garden will become hubs that bring the local community together. None of this would be possible without the ongoing help of our supporters.”
Phil Gibbon, companion at Emmaus Merseyside
The project to revitalise Seaforth Green has been supported by Sefton Council. Dong Energy via GrantScape, provided funding through the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund towards the first phase of the works to create the Participation Garden.
“I would like to thank all of our supporters who have contributed to the creation of the Emmaus Merseyside community and these two green space sites in Seaforth. We are well underway with our growing project and we will now begin to transform the rundown green into an asset for the local community to enjoy, learn and grow together. Our Participation Garden and Seaforth Green will provide training and opportunities for volunteers and homeless people to work with the local community, groups and schools.”
Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside
To find out more or support Emmaus Merseyside, head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to get involved or donate an item call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus charity reuse shops or superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.