Port Sunlight River Park highly commended at green economy awards

8th July 2016

Port Sunlight River Park has earned a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade for Ecosystem Project of the Year in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2016.

Port Sunlight River Park, unveiled by national land management charity the Land Trust in 2014, has undergone a tremendous journey from a landfill site closed off from public access to a community park providing a wildlife haven, public walkways and stunning views of the Liverpool’s iconic skyline.

On the night the popular park secured a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate in the Regeneration category, finishing second to EGIP Alliance (Morgan Sindall), which won top prize for its Drumgrew Bridge rail upgrade project.

Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, said: “For Port Sunlight River Park to earn ‘Highly Commended’ status at the BusinessGreen Leaders awards is a wonderful endorsement for the park’s incredible journey – from closed landfill to thriving green space.

“Our thanks must go to everyone who has supported this successful journey – including Autism Together, Biffa, Gillespies and Wirral Borough Council, along with the community that has embraced the park.”

The ‘Highly Commended’ prize is another accolade for Port Sunlight River Park, which earlier this year secured a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the North West Regeneration category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016. The site also made the shortlist of this year’s Echo Environment Awards in the Neighbourhood Improvement Project category.

Autism Together, formerly known as Wirral Autistic Society, is responsible for managing Port Sunlight River Parkin partnership with the Land Trust. Since opening, the park has proved hugely popular with dog walkers, joggers, volunteering groups, walking groups and families enjoying picnics.

In a recent survey commissioned by the Land Trust, 80 per cent of people surveyed said the park played a positive part in their health and wellbeing; 95 per cent said it helped make the local area a better, more desirable place; 78 per cent said it had brought the community together.

To learn more about Port Sunlight River Park, visit here: https://thelandtrust.org.uk/space/port-sunlight-river-park/ Statistics linked to the benefits of Port Sunlight River Park can be found in the Land Trust’s ‘Value of our Green Spaces’ report, found here: https://thelandtrust.org.uk/charitable-aims/thebenefits

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