Mayor officially opens new Alt Meadows park in Liverpool

Joe Anderson and children walk through Alt meadows Image copyright Liverpool City Council
Image caption Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson (in blue tie) said local people chose the name of Alt Meadows

A new park has been officially opened in Liverpool, near the River Alt.

Alt Meadows, which is the city's 48th park, was developed over two years, on a 20-acre site in Croxteth.

More than 2,000 trees, nearly 4,000 shrubs and 2,100 wetland plants have been planted in the area, Liverpool City Council said.

The park also involved the diversion of a 0.6 mile (1km) section of the River Alt and was opened by Mayor Joe Anderson.

He said: "It is a great example of how we are converting disused land into a vibrant space and making more of it accessible."

Local people chose the park's name and were involved in the planting. The area now includes accessible paths, meadow, wetland and woodland habitat.

Liverpool charity, The Cass Foundation, led the project with the Community Forest Trust.

Chairman Richard Cass said: "We hope the new park will encourage people to enjoy the fresh air, walk and cycle."

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