North West, Chavasse Park, Liverpool One

Chavasse Park is sandwiched between the Albert Dock and the Liverpool One retail and leisure destination. The 2ha landscaped gardens, named after World War One local hero Noel Godfrey Chavasse, provide a welcome area of tranquillity to the shops, bars and restaurants. The green space is also an important link, connecting the main retail area with Liverpool's historic waterfront.

The park was designated in the 1980s and consisted of a plot of unfenced grass verges overlooked by offices. It was overhauled as part of a major redevelopment scheme and reopened six years ago. The landscape was terraced to connect newly-constructed pavilions on higher ground.

This year's Green Flag flutters over the park, its slopes defined by clever planting, curved walls and smooth paving. Graduated steps offer shelter from winds whipping off the River Mersey, says Liverpool One head of communications Janine Ross.

A level area at the top is often used for impromptu picnics, while pop-up events such as fairground rides and an ice festival are a big pull for families. Seasonal events include a new nature trail to highlight the park's biodiversity.

"Chavasse Park epitomises the importance of landscape in today's urban environment," she explains. "A specially commissioned flexible event space is used for family workshops, community activities and outdoor concerts, making it relevant to all sections of the community.

"But the park is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, making it a key social hub. This throws up big challenges to making it a clean, safe and welcoming environment that is relevant and pleasing for all kinds of users.

"The Green Flag is an important independent measure and a sign to visitors that the space meets the highest possible standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities. It underpins a strategy to ensure Liverpool One not only provides a good outdoor environment but one that embraces education, conservation and the local community."


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