WALLASEY VILLAGE COTTAGE GARDEN
After months of planning and raising funds our Village Cottage Garden was completed in June 2020. A massive thank you to the whole team of volunteer Bloomers who worked incredibly hard in the planning and preparation of this beautiful area, giving up lots of their free time. We think it looks stunning, click on the photo opposite and watch our video. Let us know what you think!
The Sensory Garden is a quiet space for people to sit – community area that is a tranquil spot for everyone to enjoy the plants which have been chosen for their smell, touch and appearance. It’s a tactile garden where people of all ages can enjoy touching and feeling different types of plants to heighten awareness and bring a positive learning experience.
The Floral Trail was launched in May 2019 at Wallasey Village Library by local girl, Shirley Ballas, head judge on BBC1 ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. There are four different trails around the village to showcase what is unique about the area and highlights our thriving community. It includes all floral displays we’ve produced and historical places of interest. Each trail is tailored to suit all age groups to promote health and wellbeing. We have produced maps outlining the four routes which can be found at the Library and local businesses.
WALLASEY VILLAGE STATION
We wanted to link different areas in the Village and looked at expanding the area underneath the bridge at Wallasey Village Train Station on Leasowe Road with two large floor planters and a three-tier planter on the centre island of Leasowe Road. We created a lovely colourful display for the residents, motorists and also for rail travellers.
This was hidden by a bench which the council repositioned revealing a piece of Wallasey Village history. We had it restored and, of course, planted it up with gorgeous plants to show it off in all its glory.
There were planters already here but they were starting to look a little tired so we took them over and brought them back to life with evergreen, Hebes and seasonal planting to keep interest all year round.
We have many floor planters outside businesses throughout the village from one end to the other. We started at Grove Road crossing with our first barrier planters then we expanded throughout the whole village. We have an area which we call ‘the run’ - a long run of barrier planters which has added much needed colour and interest to this area.
WALLASEY VILLAGE LIBRARY
We were asked if we would plant up a border just outside the library, and were happy to help! This area took off so well we expanded quickly with the support of The Friends of Wallasey Village Library. We now have a regular team of volunteers to help maintain it.
This was the site of our first boat now called the Geranium Boat as we fill it full of bright red geraniums in the summer. All plants in this area have a Mediterranean feel and are self-sufficient needing little or no tending to.
NATURE BORDER (and BUG HOUSE) AT THE BORDER OF ST NICHOLAS' CHURCH
The area took a lot of work to bring it to the standard it’s at now. Many plants have been donated by local residents who no longer had room in their gardens for the plants. We added the bug house and hedgehog house which the young children love and enjoy. We have created a mini beast friendly area which many youth groups, such as scouts and brownies, often visit.
This was our first project and we’ve tended the area for quite a few years now. In the summer months when it’s ‘blooming’ it’s become a backdrop for wedding photos!
We later added a boat which we've named the 'Lavender Boat' on the grassed area.
We work with the assistance of knitting groups at the Library and Community Soul Cafe in Wallasey Village. We busy ourselves knitting poppies to provide a display at the front of the library for Remembrance Sunday.
The purple poppies represent the animals that were killed, and in particular the horses that died in the First World War.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS Switch-On
Every year we invite local residents to our Christmas Tree lights switch-on. We have Christmas tree baubles for the children to place on the Christmas tree, hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies too.
Thank you to everyone who supports us for this event and throughout the year; local businesses, community groups, local residents and not forgetting those who volunteer to ‘Make Our Village Smile with Flowers’!