Biomass boilers and solar panels are being installed in Wallasey Central Park to investigate whether parks could be used as a power source. It is part of the Resilient Parks project, run by Wirral Council parks and countryside team manager Bill Cooper, who outlined the project at the APSE event.
He said plans include making the park pond deeper to increase water retention, giving areas over to meadow, looking at drainage and irrigation including permeable paths and play areas, developing a walled garden for food production and looking at ways to climate-proof the park such as adding shade and using natural timber in play areas. The study also is also examining the "wider climate mitigation value of parks" by measuring carbon footprint reductions.
"One thing we don't lack in our parks is land," Cooper told the gathering in Harrogate. "People are interested in climate change. I've come across only two negative comments. All of the friends groups absolutely get it."