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Landscape Architecture

Speke Garston Coastal Reserve

Liverpool

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Recreating a wild shore line at the old Liverpool Northern Airfield was a long held aim, which showed no signs of being reached. When Peel Holdings bought the land and committed it to the project, they galvanized the Estuary Coastal Zone Steering Group into action.

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In 1999 Randall Thorp were appointed to undertake a scoping study to gauge the opinion of interested parties and establish the landscape, ecological and archaeological value of the site. The scoping study concluded that the project was very desirable and that there were no insurmountable reasons why it was not possible.

Working with the Steering Group we designed the coastal reserve, assisted in the consultation of interested parties and helped obtain grants from the NWDA and Mersey Waterfront.

In July 2003 work started on the cliff top area of the former airfield and on the shore to create a coastal reserve for informal recreation and nature conservation.

In April 2006, two phases of works later, the site was fully accessible to the public and the accumulated dereliction of decades of airfield use, refuse disposal, and general abuse, had been removed to recreate a natural shore and cliff top reserve, on the edge of what is both a RAMSAR site and RIGS.

Since 2007 we have assisted the Coastal Reserve Management Committee regarding maintenance and continue to help to realise the full potential of the site.