Since 2014 we have incrementally sown new plants in Everton Park, and news of the project has travelled. Acclaimed nature writer Robert MacFarlane walked the viewpoint in Everton Park in 2017 and held a Lost Words workshop with local children. In 2022 Everton Park was chosen as a location for the Red Ball International Art Project. Imagery from this has been shared, with the site receiving visits from famous gardeners like Fergus Garrett, community groups and ecologists as far as Tokyo. The project intended to have a bold approach - this is what has kept it alive six years later in the hearts and souls of Liverpool and Manchester.
In 2022 The Friends of Everton Park and Everton Community Garden collected 3kg of Cowslip seed from the Everton slopes to plant across the city. Seeds have already been sown in Toxteth as well as a pioneering carbon capture meadow in Calderstones, a park which was a part of John Lennon’s childhood and close to the real Strawberry Fields. As A Tale of Two Cities continues to evolve, we have returned to Manchester, creating vibrant areas throughout the city in Moss Side, Rusholme and Whalley Range. It’s a far cry from a secluded meadow in Lincolnshire, but this project aims to highlight a different story and the beauty of connecting the rural and urban.
'The National Wildflower Centre delights in the word culture, how ecology breaks down cultural divides and in the simplicity of sowing seeds which bring flowers, colour, bees, butterflies, and joy.'
Everton Park has been a catalyst for an explosion of wildflowers across Liverpool, creating garden communities everywhere, uniting wildflower “hotspots”, and year on year finding new and creative ways to carry on. The fun and energy of our initial project has rippled through the region such as with Scouse Flowerhouse, which emerged from Liverpool City Council’s commitment to Wildflower Gateways as a holistic way of addressing climate change across the city, as well as the Northern Flowerhouse Charter as decorated by international artists the Singh Twins. The National Wildflower Centre delights in the word culture, how ecology breaks down cultural divides and in the simplicity of sowing seeds which bring flowers, colour, bees, butterflies, and joy. This year we want to continue the project’s evolution, creating linkages to music through new commissions, as Liverpool hosts the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.