Liverpool City Council has formalised its support for the establishment of a permanent, environmentally sustainable ‘Fairy Glen’ along Harris Creek Reserve for families in Holsworthy and surrounding areas to enjoy.
The initiative was unanimously endorsed at the monthly Council meeting in October in response to a community petition of over 700 signatures calling for a permanent installation.
The original Fairy Glen emerged as a passion project during the height of the recent lockdown when local parents ornamented the trees along the Harris Creek Reserve with fairy doors and decorations.
Mayor of Liverpool Wendy Waller showed her support for the initiative, saying this was just one of the ways the community escaped during the challenging months brought on by pandemic-related lockdown.
“For many months, our residents were unable to access sports, recreational and leisure facilities among many other things that support mental health and wellbeing. This resulted in a boom of community-driven initiatives and activities in our parks, open spaces, and natural reserves across Liverpool. The Fairy Glen at Holsworthy is an enchanting example of this.
“While it is wonderful to see what a creative and caring community we have here in Liverpool, we must ensure the environmental impact on the flora and fauna is as minimal as possible.
“This project has captured the interest and imagination of many residents in our community. However, at the same time, some members of the community have voiced concerns about its environmental impact. Throughout this process, Council ensured all parties had an opportunity to have their say and be heard,” Mayor Waller said.
Council staff have been engaging with the resident committee responsible for the Fairy Glen to discuss a way forward for the project including providing guidelines on environmentally sustainable materials and installation methods. With Council’s endorsement, the initiative will remain largely community led under Council auspice.
Mayor Waller expressed how pleased Council is with the opportunity to work closely with residents and hopes residents feel empowered to work in partnership with Council on future initiatives of community interest.
“This is a great opportunity to further strengthen connections between Council and community. It also provides a channel to promote awareness and understanding about Council’s compliance processes, environmental care, sustainability practices and expectations and regulations for use of recreational facilities and public open space.
“We look forward to helping bring the wonderment of the Fairy Glen to life in a way that is sustainable for many years to come,” Mayor Waller said.