Although the Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom have done much to improve the flower beds and general appearance of the gardens, the underlying issue with the Parade Gardens is the state of the decay of the infrastructure and sports facilities. This has been happening over many years as the gardens have not been a priority for successive councils. Now with ever increasing cuts in council spending on our parks and open spaces it is up to individuals and local groups to restore these valuable assets for future generations to enjoy.
Pictures showing the appalling state of the Parade Gardens wall, render falling off, nails protruding from once there was posts and broken panelling.
This is a picture of the newly repaired and rendered Parade Gardens wall just prior to completion. What a difference it has made to the general appearance of this part of the Gardens even before it is painted.
Thanks also go to Travis Perkins who kindly provided free of charge the 24 flag stones to sit on top of the pillars to finish the job off.
The Friends intent to continue with the rest of the Parade Gardens wall restoration then move on to restore the sports facilities. Aspirations for the Gardens include a full size multi use games area (including disabled), the return of a bandstand and stage for outdoor plays etc. Watch this space!
After the rendering was completed, the next stage was to paint the wall and timber panels. Thankfully Wirral Parks service agreed to buy the paint but the real bonus was local paining contractor Kevin Mock restoration contractors came forward and offered to paint all 24 renovated bays free of charge.
The Friends would like to thank Gary Hughes for taking on the project and taking such a pride in this renovation.
The Trustees of the Friends looked at all aspects of the Parade Gardens and decided the best way forward was to put the Victorian walls of the Gardens in good order first as they protect the gardens from the elements which can be pretty harsh being on the coast.
We put a bid in to the West Wirral Constituency fund and put out an appeal to the public for donations for repairing the first 24 bays of the Gardens wall.
Ours was one of a number of bids for many different deserving projects, it was down to the public to vote on which projects would receive funding.
We were delighted when the public voted for the project.