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    A new public park will be created as part of the redevelopment of the former Garden Festival site at Otterspool. The city's executive board has approved a deal which will lease Priory Wood in St Michaels to Langtree McLean, the company which is preparing to bring the derelict south Liverpool landmark back into use. Councillors stressed that there had never been any intention to develop the wood on Riverside Drive and it would be retained as open space, with full public access.

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    So what do u think about that then?

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    Which area is otterspool in? Ain't been therefor years!

    They could put more in parks around here like Picton and Sefton Park too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max
    Which area is otterspool in? Ain't been therefor years!

    They could put more in parks around here like Picton and Sefton Park too.

    It's down the south end on the river as you approach Aigburth from the town. One day you might be able to get a tram there if they ever build Line 3.

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    Wasn't there supposed to be plans for a tram going from town up to Allerton road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie
    It's down the south end on the river as you approach Aigburth from the town. One day you might be able to get a tram there if they ever build Line 3.
    He'll be about 90 by then
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    Quote originally posted by Kev
    "LIVERPOOL'S first new public park for 25 years"


    Is it really 25 yrs since they built a wall around Everton and called it a park? How time flies!
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    THE new consortium behind Liverpool's garden festival site has failed to submit a planning application more than a year after unveiling a new vision for its future, the Daily Post can reveal.

    Last April, developers Langtree O'Rourke said they intended to lodge plans with the council within a month.

    But, more than a year on, the company last night admitted they had still not delivered any planning application to Liverpool council.

    One of the project's senior managers could not give the Daily Post even a loose deadline for delivery on the main part of the development - 1,370 homes and a row of eight-storey luxury apartment blocks.

    David McLean managing director Richard Dean said the consortium was still committed to re-opening the much-loved Oriental gardens in time for the city's Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.

    But today we can reveal:

    * No budget has been allocated to the company tasked with restoring the Chinese and Japanese gardens to the glory of their 1984 heyday;

    * There is still no plan for what to do with the 90,000 sq ft Festival Hall dome, which has lain unused for the best part of two decades;

    * Negotiations are still continuing with the receivers for the site's previous owners Planestation, over undisclosed issues;

    * Local consultation has raised several "issues" with the design, which Langtree McLean says have yet to be resolved before they can submit any plans;

    * No date has been set for final delivery of the luxury housing estate that would cover about a third of the site. continues...
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    I thought that would have been a great place to put a few towers and I thought their scheme was too low rise.

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    AN EXPERT on Japanese horticulture who helped design Tatton Park's famous gardens has called for Liverpool's International Garden Festival site to be restored.

    Masao Fukuhara, a professor at the Osaka University of Arts in Japan, is keen to see Japanese gardens reinstated in Merseyside.

    His comments came ahead of a series of talks on the history of traditional Japanese gardens organised by the Japan Society North West.

    Last night he spoke at Wirral's Ness Gardens and will tonight present a lecture at Tatton Park.

    Prof Fukuhara said: "I will be visiting the International Garden Festival site as I am particularly hoping for the Japanese gardens at the site to be restored with the festival itself, because it is a great place for people in Merseyside to see different types of garden design. There is something spiritual and peaceful about Japanese gardens.

    "Just as English gardens are becoming increasingly popular in Japan, so are Japanese gardens in England."

    The International Garden Festival site at Otterspool was created in 1984 in the wake of the Toxteth Riots three years earlier.

    The site, bordering Toxteth, had been used for 50 years as a civic rubbish dump and it was transformed into a stunning garden by Merseyside Development Corporation.

    It included traditional gardens from Japan, China, India and other countries and was visited during six months by 3.5m people after being opened by the Queen.

    But when the site closed the then city council decided against taking over the Garden Festival site. It was used for a while as a privately-run garden theme park known as Pleasure Island, but eventually closed and is now in ruins.

    Merseyside developers Langtree has teamed up with housebuilders David McLean to develop large areas of the site for residential and leisure use, with the former gardens restored.

    FOR further information on Prof Fukuhara's talks contact Alice Hynes on: 0151 795 2128.
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    heres some photos of the japanese gardens taken in July when I got lost in the garden festival site (we went to Otterspool & somehow managed to wander into the Garden Festival Site)












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    Brilliant photees, thanks for sharing. I'm glad someone wondered in there!!
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    It's a shame to see it like that. I went 3 times when it was open as the Garden Festival.

    They should make it into another nice park. There's already the remaining features still there which could be restored. The pathways could be cleared and some new planting.

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    How do u get in there?
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    You can watch a film of the Garden Festival as it was, HERE
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