Green-fingered SLH tenants get involved in Garston alley project

Published: 21 July 2021

SLH tenants have been getting involved in an inspiring and eco-friendly alley greening project in Garston.

Thanks to hard work from a small group of committed residents and funding from local ward councillors Sam Gorst and Lynnie Hinnigan, the alleys between Stormont Road and Lumley Street have been transformed. They’ve become a clean, green, and vibrant social space that has brought neighbours together throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and SLH tenants have been at the heart of it.

At a recent event which saw Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen visit the project, we spoke to SLH tenant Ruth, who lives in Stormont Road.

Ruth, her husband Brian, and their four daughters have been SLH tenants since 1999 and have played their part in the remarkable alley transformation.

Despite living with multiple health conditions, Ruth has found that the new outdoor space has had a profound effect on her wellbeing.

"Myself and my husband have got many health issues and we don't go out much”, said Ruth. “The only place we go is hospitals or shopping. I suffer from panic attacks and agoraphobia.

“It's lifted me suffering from low mood and depression. My husband has got lung disease as well so he can't walk far. He's got the little bench to sit on and chat to people. It's lifted us so much.”

"Ages ago you'd go out there and there'd be rubbish out there and it's just lovely to meet people in the next street that we don't know.

 Ruth and her neighbours are keen to spread the word about the alley project and its benefits.

"I'd recommend it, definitely. For their wellbeing, their health, it's just lovely,” said Ruth.

"It's not like being in an alley. It's like being in a park. I feel safe there now. I never used to like going out into the alley, to be honest. It's brought everyone together and looking out for each other. The grandkids love coming and watering the plants.

“I would have loved this when my four girls were little. When they were at home I would have loved it to be like that.”

SLH has been delivering similar schemes in other parts of South Liverpool in partnership with Liverpool City Council Street Scene. A recent project in the Conleach Road area in Speke saw 40 National Citizen’s Scheme volunteers join forces with SLH to help clear alleyways that had been a hotspot for fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

Liverpool City Council is urging residents to get in touch with their local councillors to find out more about getting their own alley projects off the ground.

Click here to contact your local councillor 

Stay tuned to our website and social media to learn more about the environmental, health, and wellbeing projects that we’re delivering across South Liverpool or email getinvolved@southliverpoolhomes.co.uk to find out more.

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