The continuing story . . .
Volunteers formed groups covering a number of activities including Design, Grant Applications, Events, Hard Landscaping and Planting, with a core Project Management Committee meeting regularly to cordinate all activities.
Local artists, school and community groups helped to create a mosaic human-sundial, heritage panel and time capsule along with bird, bat and mini-beast habitats.
Local children also took part in a drawing competition and you will spot their bees, butterflies, crickets and ladybirds around the website and on marketing materials.
With the help of significant funding from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MWRA) and Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) along with top-up funding and support from other organisations, the garden was completed in the Autumn of 2014.
How to get involved
Rainhill ECO has been fortunate in having enthusiastic and adaptable volunteers with wide-ranging backgrounds and skills who are dedicated to improving green spaces in Rainhill. St Helens Council and Rainhill Parish Council have also been very happy to lend their support and guidance where needed.
We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the Eco Garden project. If you are interested in getting involved, have a chat with one of the volunteers who you see working on the Eco Garden site. Also look out for Eco Garden events in the 'News' section of this website.
To leave a message go to the 'Get in touch' page.
It is likely the group will be involved in further 'green' projects in the future with further opprtunities to help and get involved. Keep looking at this website for details!
How we began
Meetings were held between interested local groups in late 2012 to determine how to make best use of a grassed site owned by Rainhill Parish Council in the village centre.
That group evolved into Rainhill Environmental Community Organisation (ECO) and things really took off following the great enthusiasm and interest shown at a consultation day held in the Village Hall on 2nd February 2013.
It was hoped the site could be transformed using recycled, renovated or refurbished materials wherever possible into an atractive wildlife-friendly place to sit and relax and an outdoor meeting space for small local events.