Interest from sale of community centre to be used to fund planting schemes

Volunteer planting initiatives have won thousands of pounds of help after a charity was launched with finds from the sale of a community centre.

The Woolton Educational and Recreational Charity in Liverpool is using interest earned on proceeds from the sale of the local Woolton Village Club to fund horticultural schemes.

Council parks services across Liverpool have been among the worst hit in the country by budget cuts, starving funds for maintenance, repairs and community projects.

Friends of Gatacre were given just over £4,500 for summer planting and watering and £6,000 paid for plants for Woolton in Bloom. Two schools meanwhile won grants for garden benches and soft-fall surfacing.

Handouts totalled £20,600 and the same amount is expected to be given in grants this year, said a spokesman for Liverpool City Council, which sold the clubhouse for £300,000.

"Interest on the proceeds of the sale is used by the charity for educational and recreational purposes for the benefit of the locals of Woolton and the neighbourhood to improve quality of life."


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