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Seafront Garden News: Feb 2019

Notes from our latest meeting...

2018 Scarecrow Festival – Marine Garden

Saturday 15th September

Volunteer Gardening Sessions

Every 2nd Tuesday from 9.30am and 4th Wednesday

Next Litter Pick

2nd Saturday of every month. 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. Equipment & refreshments provided


Shakespeare In The Gardens - Julius Caesar

29th June 7.30pm - Marine Garden, Marine Terrace, Waterloo

2017 Scarecrow Festival

Marine Garden Saturday 16th September

New Toposcope unveiled

Adelaide Gardens 25th April 2017


Beach Lawn

Beach LawnAn early view of a section of the of the old Beach Lawn green. Work began in October, 1937 to transform it into the garden we know today as Beach Lawn. It was opened on 15th April, 1939 by the Mayor of Crosby (Waterloo at that time being within the old Borough of Crosby), Alderman H. Williams. It was the last of the seafront gardens to be created. The work was largely done by local men, recruited by the Council from the Labour Exchange, under a scheme to give paid work for several weeks to the unemployed men of the area at a time of high unemployment.

Beach LawnThis is a rather a good photograph of the rockery and footbridge in Beach Lawn. Weather -worn limestone was brought from Ingleborough to construct the rockery. It featured a waterfall that fed a stream that flowed into the lake beneath. The flow of water was generated by the use of a hidden electrically-powered pump. The footbridge was made of teak, but has long since been replaced by a wholly inappropriate concrete one. The FoWSGs are hopeful that they may be able to renovate the rockery and water feature here as well as the one in Marine Garden.

Beach LawnThis is what the lake in Beach Lawn looked like before neglect set in. Note the stream emptying into it and the sturdy, but handsome, seats that were to be found in all the gardens.

Beach LawnA particularly good view of Beach Lawn garden showing its upper and lower levels. Note the clever, rather interesting, brickwork, the recessed seating area (to catch the sun, but to protect from the wind), the neat, and no doubt colourful, flower beds and borders, and the beach beyond the western boundary wall.

Beach LawnThe lower level of Beach Lawn garden. Note the flower beds - alas, there are none there now. Winchester House, one-time home of Thomas Henry Ismay, of White Star Line fame, can be seen in the distance (it is the white, stuccoed house, with the western facing gable end). It now bears a commemorative blue plaque in his memory. At the far end can be seen the rather gothic-looking Mockbeggar House.