Port Sunlight River Park Contact
The site contact for our Port Sunlight River Park space is Anne Litherland or Andrew Jennings-Giles Tel: 07587 550060/0151 334 7510
This space is managed in partnership with Autism Together
Region: North West
Port Sunlight River Park has been transformed from a closed landfill site to a 28-hectare park providing a popular community space with an array of walkways, wildlife, wildflowers and a wetlands area. Simply put, it's a place for the public to reap the rewards of the great outdoors!
The park, which opened in 2014, provides visitors with a scenic waterfront and a variety of walks offering visitors stunning views across the Merseyside to Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. A section of wetland to the north of the site, along with River Mersey mud flats is already an important site for large populations of water birds and is a site of special protection.
The current managing partners Autism Together, who manage the park on a day to day basis on behalf of the Land Trust, were later brought in to help realise the Land Trust’s vision to provide a community site that makes a positive difference for local people and visitors, promoting healthy lifestyles in the process.
All year round. Dawn to Dusk. Car park closes at 4pm October to March; 6pm April to September.
Parking for 10 cars. Additional parking available on Dock Road North.
Monday to Saturday.
(click here to find the nearest public toilets)
No but picnic benches in two areas.
Two disabled parking spaces in accessible car park. Additional disabled parking available by arrangement. All paths well surfaced. Flat routes available. Accessible paths shown on interpretation at entrance. Pedestrian entrance at Shorefields is via two flights of steps.
All paths well surfaced. Flat routes available. Accessible paths shown on interpretation at entrance. Pedestrian entrance at Shorefields is via two flights of steps.
Yes but need to be under close control and stay on paths.
Magnificent views. Watch ships on Mersey and at the dock, bird watching, sculptures, events programme, cycle hub, cycle, geocache trail.
A section of wetland to the north of the site, along with River Mersey mud flats is already an important site for large populations of water birds and is a site of special protection.
Port Sunlight Village, Museum and Lady Lever Art Gallery; Wirral Circular Trail, Bromborough Pool Village.
Dock Road North, Bromborough, Wirral, Merseyside, CH62 4TQ
Site size: 28 hectares
This site has received the following awards:
This former landfill site had become a community eyesore, looming over the A41 and visible from the historic Port Sunlight village, and restricting public access. Previous uses of the site created a mental and physical barrier between neighbourhoods and restricted access to the waterfront and all associated benefits, including stunning views across the Mersey and rich habitats for an assortment of wildlife.
The Land Trust – which has extensive experience in taking over brownfield sites and converting them into public green spaces – approached Biffa about taking a 99-year surface lease when the landfill reached the end of its 15-year operating life in 2006. Its intention was to transform the former landfill site into a wide open public space for the local community and visitors to enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors on a site with rich potential.
The project was supported by Wirral Borough Council, MP Alison McGovern and the Forestry Commission, who identified a large proportion of the funding and invited the Land Trust in to carry the restoration and long term management of the site. The Land Trust then secured further land from Unilever and long term funding from Biffa Award, UK Waste Services and the English Woodland Grant Scheme to ensure there was legacy funding available and to maintain the site in the future.
From the beginning the emphasis was on working hand in hand with the community and local residents, businesses, MP Alison McGovern and Wirral Borough Council. They have been a vital source of support for the restoration throughout and those strong relationships have been retained as the Land Trust looks to continue to not only maintain but look at ways of enhancing the river park for the benefit of the public.
Work at the park has taken advantage of the 37 metre mound (half a metre higher than Liverpool Cathedral) so the 28 hectare park now offers stunning views across the river to the Liverpool waterfront and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mound is visible from most of the immediate surroundings and is visually dominant from Liverpool and from Rock Ferry Esplanade, so its transformation has dramatically improved the visual appearance of the whole area.
A major focus of the works was to improve access, including a new site entrance from Dock Road north, a link to Shorefields and access to the coastline to connect the communities of Port Sunlight, Bromborough and New Ferry with the River Mersey. The landfill site used to act as a barrier between the communities and the coast – so the river park has now opened up access to the coast for the first time in a generation.
The park also provides visitors with a scenic waterfront and a perimeter walk, and an area of salt marsh to the north is already an important area for large populations of water birds and is a site of special protection.
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