FofGH has gained full recognition by Wirral Council and is supported by the three Ward Councillors Jeff Green, David Elderton and Geoffrey Watt who have visited the garden of remembrance, praised the work of its volunteer workforce and pledged to do all they can to assist the FofGH in its aims.
FofGH now has a bank account as per requirements and a website with a donation button accessed via its sponsors and supporters’ page. There is also a link on the site for those seeking to become members.
In respect of the work that FofGH have carried out I am happy to report that the heavily pruned bushes are once again in full foliage, leading to one local authority officer to question the group on what new bushes they had planted. As part of its conservation work this natural lowland heath has benefited from an increase in the growth of the native heather plants. Heather is a favoured plant amongst some of our bees therefore the increase in heather is likely to encourage the population of bees on Grange Hill and help local gardeners. A bonus for the country’s dwindling bee population,
The FofGH is also seeking assistance from the LA by ensuring two litter bins are placed in the Garden of Remembrance; the group have agreed to empty these on a regular basis. It is also in discussions on the cost of allowing sponsors to have benches and additional litter bins placed on the hill. The benches will replace those lost over recent years.
Mr Keith Hatton a Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Liverpool has lead a bio diversity study on Grange Hill and will provide a full update on the findings within the coming months. He has also presented a number of talks to local groups in respect of the Memorial and Grange Hill.
Turning to one of the urgent aims of the FofGH is the much needed construction of an ‘All-ability Footpath’. I am very pleased to state that thanks to a local business leader we now have a very pro-active fund raising strategy with a number of local charitable events planned.
Charity Race Night. 7.30pm Friday 27th September 2013
The Railway Inn, Birkenhead Rd, Meols. Entrance is free.
‘Lest we Forget’ Charity Dinner 7.30pm Monday 11th November 2013
‘Lino’s Restaurant’ or ‘The Portrait House’.
A five course fixed menu (vegetarian option available on request) accompanied by a professionally hosted wine pairing.
Ticket price for both venues is £39.95 each there will also be a prize raffle draw or blind auction.
The FofGH organising committee wishes to express its thanks to the many local business owners who are assisting in fund raising drives and gift donations.
If you would like to join the FofGH and put right the incredible fact that many ex servicemen and less able bodied members of the local and wider community are unable to visit the War Memorial and the Garden of Remembrance please visit our website or join us at one of our functions or workdays where we can assist you.
For further information please visit our website.
Here’s a photo of the area to the rear of the War Memorial