The Land Trust just opened the doors to Port River Sunlight Park, a brownfield-turned-parkland project located on the UK's Wirral coast. Designed by landscape architecture firm Gillespies, the 70-acre riverside park restores public access to the River Mersey and overlooks sweeping views of the Liverpool skyline. A fledging home for diverse wildlife, the former landfill is now rich with wildflower meadows, grasslands, and wetlands.
Formerly known as Bromborough Dock, the site was used as a landfill for 15 years until it closed in 2006. Multi-million pound regeneration and remediation efforts, including the planting of over 12,000 trees, have finally restored the land back to the public. The new park showcases a wide variety of landscape types, from wetlands and woodlands to wildflower and grassland zones. Capped artificial hills created from the build up of landfill trash provide ideal vantage points that overlook the skyline.
Members of the Wirral Autistic Society will manage the site, which is on a long-term lease to The Land Trust. Much of the funding for the park was sourced from Newlands, a £59 million brownfield regeneration program that reclaims and transforms brownfields across England’s Northwest into thriving community woodlands.
Images via Gillespies