Langtree McLean, the developers who want to build on the old garden festival site, have cut down more than 1000 trees already. But they don't have planning permission yet! If they get their way, the site will be almost completely clear-felled.
They are destroying semi-mature trees, including oaks, from the original plantings for the Garden Festival in the early 1980s. The tree-felling is also devastating for the birdlife established on the site, as birds commence their breeding activities at this time of year.
Indymedia articles:15/5/2007 - save festival site: lobby of council
14/5/2007 - May Update on Liverpool Garden Festival Campaign
24/4/2007 - Liverpool Festival Site Plan 'Will Ruin Prom Landscape'
12/4/2007 - Garden Festival Fayre This Sunday!'
6/4/2007 - Help Save The Liverpool Garden Festival Site!
22/3/2007 - Take Action Against Illegal Tree Felling in Liverpool!
15/3/2007 - Large-Scale Tree Felling at the Old Garden Festival Site
12/10/2005 - Developers present their plans for festival site
Woodchipper for felled trees - Liverpool Garden Festival Site March 2007
Trees cut down - Liverpool Garden Festival Site March 2007
Pair of Herons at the old Liverpool Garden Festival Site - March 2007
Devastation after tree felling - Liverpool Garden Festival Site March 2007
Broken Festival Park sign - Liverpool Garden Festival Site - March 2007
After tree felling - Liverpool Garden Festival Site March 2007
Trees chopped down - Liverpool Garden Festival Site March 2007
Landscape - Liverpool Garden Festival site March 2007
In 1984, the 'International Garden Festival' came to Otterspool in Liverpool, as part of the Conservative government's response to the Toxteth riots. The festival was very popular, attracting millions of visitors, but when they all went home, locals started to wonder what would happen next!
A 600 home development was built on the north part of the site in 1986, then the south side was leased to a theme park company, which never really got off the ground.
1998 saw London-based developers Wiggins take over the lease, and the company submitted plans for a 4-star hotel, a shopping complex, and some expensive houses. But by this time the site was being reclaimed by nature as a biodiverse habit, and locals favoured a parkland development.
In 2004, having done worse than nothing, Wiggins (having changed their name to Planestation) sold the site to Langtree McLean, who produced plans for 1300 homes, plus yet more retail and leisure facilities.
Again, many locals opposed these plans, on the grounds that many trees and much of the wildlife would be lost, whilst the new expensive housing would do nothing to address the city's /a>21,000 person housing list.
But on 15th March 2007, it was reported on Liverpool Indymedia that that tree-felling had begun. This is despite the fact that even Langtree McLean's own website confirmed they did not have planning permission!