Owner seeks contractor for Liverpool's festival gardens

Owners of one of Britain's most iconic parks are looking for contractors to care for the showcase waterfront landscape.

Liverpool International Garden Festival site, almost a million square metres of land in the city centre, needs a contractor or several firms to handle landscape, events and visitors.

A multi-million pound project to reopen the gardens is due to end next spring and the landscape will include Japanese and Chinese gardens, woodland walks and a promenade link.

"We need somebody to engage with the community as well as the park," said a representative for the Land Trust, which will own the site when it opens.

The redesign was funded by a £3.7m grant from the North West Development Agency. The new contractors will handle all aspects of the day-to-day running.

The International Garden Festival attracted 3.8 million visitors in 1984, but years of closure and neglect followed the event. Alan Carter, the trust's portfolio head, said: "We safeguard public spaces, such as the Festival Gardens, and ensure they are managed for community benefit."

Carter continued: "To do this effectively, management has to be local and we select the most appropriate managing agent for each individual site." Jobs will include managing the site, delivering community benefits and drawing on local organisations.

- For further details, email alan carter@thelandtrust.org.uk. Forms must be submitted by 9 November.

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