Smart Merseys Moms Turn Shabby Lobby Into ‘Mediterranean’ Style Garden
Odd jobs and DIY projects became popular when the country went into lockdown, as many of us found ways to spend our time productively.
Two Bootle Moms took it to the next level.
When they started working from home, Jenny McKechnie and Helen Davis Taylor realized how little outdoor space they had – and how much potential space was going to be wasted in the alley.
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As previously reported, the alley, on Rufford Road, looked like a dumping ground.
There were sofas, vacuums and washing machines, the paving stones were dirty, and there were overgrown weeds everywhere.
But the space is now unrecognizable.
After contacting their local elected officials to help them remove bulky items and garbage, the inhabitants began to pressure wash and weed paving stones before installing garden furniture and planters.
The cobbled lane now hosts puppet shows, swing competitions, board games, and even social distancing marshmallow parties.
Recently the space has become a “Mediterranean” garden, with images showing olives and vines growing through the space.
There are also potatoes, gooseberries and wild flowers.
Jenny previously told ECHO: “It’s a nice, safe space where kids can play and kids love to play here.
“Having the community garden helps keep the lane clean and safe, so you can enjoy the space we’ve created as well as your own backyard knowing the lane is clean. “
Helen added that she would recommend transforming the alleys near you.
She said, “Talk to your neighbors and try to encourage so many households to get involved and create a great community space.
“It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors and make new friends.
The space was decorated with streamers and string lights, along with hanging baskets, colorful flowerpots, and Miss Hurst, their very own seagull scarer.
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