Inner-city oasis created in Liverpool thanks to charity funding

A "country garden" has been created in urban Liverpool through a partnership between luxury brand Jo Malone London and educational charity Rotunda.

Kirkdale Country Garden. Image: Rotunda
Kirkdale Country Garden. Image: Rotunda
The Kirkdale Country Garden is one of five charity gardens Jo Malone London supports in the UK. It boasts a banqueting area, a theatre area suited to pop-up community events, a working kitchen, and a secret garden.

The gardens are supported through the sale of a limited-edition charity candle with a donation equal to the retail price (less VAT) going directly to the five charities.

At a celebration marking the garden's opening, supporters including environmentalist and actor Simon O'Brien, Liverpool Vision and Atlantic Gateway Parklands praised the new community asset and recognised the hard work invested into the project.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This beautiful garden represents the power of partnerships and demonstrates the possibilities that are achievable when people share a vision and work together.

"The garden has grown into a centrepiece for the community and provides an environment of wellbeing and community pride for everyone across North Liverpool and further afield."

Emma Jensen, Centre Manager of Rotunda, said: "I'm so thankful to everyone who has been involved in the creation of our country garden, we can now invite the community to benefit from this beautiful space.

"We have the facilities for people to embark on horticulture courses, grow their own fruit, vegetables and plants, host events, watch theatre productions or just unwind in the beautiful surroundings. Rotunda is providing something for North Liverpool's residents with this feel-good environment. We're making history and uniting the area.

"Rotunda is lucky to have been supported by Jo Malone London and our other partners, their funding and vision has transformed the environment and will benefit generations to come."

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