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    Great pic's Em'! Looking so much better than just a few months ago!

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    One of our oldest threads o Yo! since 2005, pics start here: http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/sho...val-Site/page2
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    Yep its a great thread Kev

    I found a nice way to browse a subject, like the garden festival, on Yo is to use some of Googles advanced search tools.

    Go to Google and search for

    site:yoliverpool.com garden festival

    Then on the left of the page click on "show search tools" and then on "sites with images"

    You get a nice display of photos and threads.

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    I'm soooo excited now.... we have almost got the gardens back....

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    More pics on the website for April

    http://www.festivalgardens.com/the-g...os/april-2011/

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    Pity the pillars have been demolished (at the entrance by the roundabout) I hear the current gate is temporary and it will be replaced by extending the fence across the road, when the work is finished.

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    http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news...-restored.html

    Some nice piccies in the link too

    Langtree has completed the first phase of its proposals to regenerate a derelict 90-acre site in Liverpool, prior to its opening to the public late in July. (GALLERY)

    The owner and developer of the site in Otterspool, where the International Garden Festival took place in 1984, has created and installed four new bridges, 2km of newly created pathways, 5.25m litres of water for 10 lakes, 5,000 decorative pagoda roof tiles sourced from China and the planting of more than five million wild flower seeds.

    The 3.7m restoration was funded by North West Development Agency after an extended planning and consultation process. The ongoing long term management of the site will be delivered by the Land Trust working in association with Groundwork Merseyside.

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    At last. An opening date!

    During Love Parks Week on Saturday 23 July, the gardens which were abandoned over 25 years ago will once again open to a delighted public, bringing the story full circle.
    http://www.festivalgardens.com/the-n...-winding-road/

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    Some of those taking an illicit preview have been somewhat disappointed. The revamped area is even smaller than we had understood would be the case, with much of the original design just having been abandoned, with old amusement features, waterways and bridges still in situ, in a state of disrepair. There's also been a problem with both the quantity and quality of the water supply to the refurbished lake system. I gather this may be partly down to the fact that they haven't bothered to replace the liner, which of course is now nearly 30 years old! Sounds like they've tried to do it on the cheap! Pictures to follow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Doh View Post
    Some of those taking an illicit preview have been somewhat disappointed. The revamped area is even smaller than we had understood would be the case, with much of the original design just having been abandoned, with old amusement features, waterways and bridges still in situ, in a state of disrepair. There's also been a problem with both the quantity and quality of the water supply to the refurbished lake system. I gather this may be partly down to the fact that they haven't bothered to replace the liner, which of course is now nearly 30 years old! Sounds like they've tried to do it on the cheap! Pictures to follow...
    Really? the pictures I've seen on other sites would contradict that? hmmm... will have to wait and see for myslef I guess

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    I was really hoping it would be the great success that all the publicity has been trumpeting, but progress has been quite slow recently, with the opening date being moved back twice now so that some of the summer plantings are a bit past their best. The water quality problem was only quite recently discovered after they got the pumps going, and the security is as poor as it's ever been with holes in the perimeter fence in several places. So much for closing it at dusk!

    These are some of the less attractive views, taken just a couple of weeks ago, that will not be found on the developer's website



    The Red Dragon Slide, now a pale shadow of its former self, towed away outside the enclosed Gardens site, apparently destined to be be scrapped



    The remains of one of the old attractive wooden bridges in the part of the Gardens that is to be abandoned



    One of the lakes showing algal growth that is causing concern

    The new bridges, of concrete and metal, may prove to be longer lasting... but are hardly lovely






    The original huge natural rock features have been largely replaced by walls of identikit regular boulders encased in a wire netting cladding... Health and Safety issues, no doubt...

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    I wouldnt worry about the algae. That tends to happen when a lake is refilled. It happened at Sefton Park too. The whole lake was covered for months. It soon goes and is never seen again.

    Not too sure about that dragon head though. Didn't see that when I visited the site.

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    You can watch a film of the Garden Festival as it was, HERE
    Many thanks for the film saw my brothers statue _((Allen Curran) x lark lane ,of JOHN LENNON he met Liz and Phil ,but has now passed away WELL DONE AL ,God Bless ,ghandi

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    I thought the dragon slide was going to be re-used, shame the kids would've loved it, looking at the pics we are not meant to see, remember in a couple of years the rest of the land is expected to have houses et on them, so from that point of view, until they are built the site won't be finished. Looking back over recent posts I am disappointed to see some doubts or grumbles about what work has been done. Lets face it whatever was done there is an improvement on what we had, lets enjoy it, not moan about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerTheCat View Post
    It looks like the previously announced date on fesitivalgardens.com was a mistake.

    Quote from Langtree...

    That date has been incorrectly added and is now removed. At present, we still don't have an opening date.
    Grrr.

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    Mayfield has gone into administration

    Story by PlaceNorthwest.co.uk

    Liverpool-based Mayfield Construction has gone into administration with 72 of the 75 staff being made redundant.


    Mayfield Construction, which is based on Knowsley Industrial Park in Kirkby, was part of the project team that restored the Garden Festival park site in Otterspool.
    Working on behalf of site owner Langtree, the construction firm was the main contractor on the refurbishment of the park where the International Garden Festival took place in 1984.


    Following the announcement of the collapse of Mayfield, Langtree said that the gardens' opening will need to be put back from July to mid-September as it searches for a replacement contractor to complete Mayfield's contract.


    John Downes, Langtree managing director, said: "We are sad that Mayfield has found itself in this predicament having almost completed the works necessary at the site. Good people have lost their jobs, the opening date for the gardens will unfortunately be delayed and we, like a number of other companies, are likely to lose money as a result of Mayfield's collapse.


    "We are now working very hard behind the scenes to identify a new contractor to complete the works and we hope to have some positive news very soon.


    "I know from personal experience how keen people are to see the new gardens and it is frustrating that they will have to wait a little longer. However, I can assure you that it will be worth the wait."


    Downes added that emergency ground maintenance staff are being drafted in by Langtree on a temporary basis to tend to the newly laid lawns and flower beds until a new contractor is identified.


    Downes said: "On the plus side, when we re-open everything will have had a little longer to bed in and mature and the gardens will look even more spectacular."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerTheCat View Post
    It looks like the previously announced date on fesitivalgardens.com was a mistake.

    Quote from Langtree...

    Grrr.


    It was no mistake - they've already put back the opening date twice because of problems they've been experiencing for some time now, for reasons I've already mentioned above in this Thread. The fact is, the work hasn't been carried out very well and Langtree and Mayfields have each blamed the other.

    Today's news is that the opening has been put back for a third time, due to the collapse of Mayfields. September is apparently the earliest it is likely to happen now.

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    Hi everyone,
    im a third year geography student and im doing my dissertation on the garden festival site. im looking at the sites history from before the festival to the present day. If anyone has any photographs or information on the sites use before the festival it would be really helpfull. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Doh View Post
    It was no mistake - they've already put back the opening date twice because of problems they've been experiencing for some time now, for reasons I've already mentioned above in this Thread. The fact is, the work hasn't been carried out very well and Langtree and Mayfields have each blamed the other.

    Today's news is that the opening has been put back for a third time, due to the collapse of Mayfields. September is apparently the earliest it is likely to happen now.

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    LANGTREE VENTURES LIMITED, established 2006-10-31

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    LANGTREE VENTURES LIMITED was first registered at Companies House on 2006-10-31 as a "Private Limited with share capital" company, registration number 05982867. On the last annual return they registered as SIC classification code 70320, stating that the main activity of the company was "Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis".

    The company last filed accounts on 2011-01-17 of type "Group".
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    From the most recent set of accounts filed by LANGTREE VENTURES LIMITED their cash at bank in 2010 was:

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    From the most recent set of accounts filed by LANGTREE VENTURES LIMITED their net worth in 2010 was:

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    From the most recent set of accounts filed by LANGTREE VENTURES LIMITED their total liabilities in 2010 were:

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    Hi everyone, i am currently undertaking a research project regarding the sediment history of the Liverpool International Garden Festival Site. If you would like to share your thoughts in relation to the site please follow the link below to complete a short survey.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/597WF5H

    Thank you
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    Just got back from a cycle to Otterspool and a gate to the festival gardens was open so I had a look it. The ponds are still being filled in, I think the play areas being done up still a bit, another part but it's nearly done otherwise.

    I am not sure whether it's actually open yet but I just thought I'd have a look since a gate was open. Also had a go at reading the Japanese on the gates and the stone that explains how someone from Japan was sent over by their government to make sure it was authentic. They had it all in English anyway.

    Lots of bike locks and dog poo bins too.
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    I've heard it won't open until April next year now

    I hope it isn't true

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    I think you're right... It was certainly looking a good deal better last April than it is now. And seeing as it's supposed to be an actual garden, it might be best to wait until there are actual blooms to admire...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Fanatic View Post
    I've heard it won't open until April next year now

    I hope it isn't true
    Wasn't open when my mum went down but the builders told her sometime in November but you're probably right. I must of just caught it open at the right time to have a look.
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    Glad to see Max is out and about on a bike again! Hope you'll be posting some pics for us Max!!!

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    Always on the bike still, just finding photography troubling at the moment.


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    "I'm sure you'll succeeed Max! Cheers

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    Another deadline passes for festival park opening
    16 Nov 2011, 16:16

    Developer Langtree and park manager the Land Trust said they cannot put a precise date on when the restored Liverpool Festival Gardens will open after missing their latest proposed date of 'early November'.

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