The National Wildflower Centre is set to be brought back to life under new plans for Court Hey Park.
The attraction has lain empty since 2017 after its operator Landlife closed down, but Knowsley Council is now working with community groups to re-open it.
Located within Court Hey Park, off Roby Road in Huyton, it was home to an array of wildflowers and was often admired by local residents and visitors.
Knowsley Council has announced it will join forces with One Knowsley, Court Hey Park Friends’ Group and other partners to develop plans to bring it back to life.
Bob Dutton from Friends of Court Hey Park said: “We’ve worked closely with councillors and the council on these plans and we are delighted that the wheels are in motion to bring this area of the park back into use.
“The Friends of Court Hey Park group are deeply committed to promoting, conserving and developing the park and encouraging more people to use its beautiful grounds.
“We believe that this ambitious and timely project will do just that.”
Plans for the new Wildlife Centre could include the relocation of the council’s social care team to the site along with One Knowsley, who work to support the voluntary, community, faith and social businesses across the borough.
Incredible Edible, a community gardening charity, will also be reclaiming some of the garden space and restoring the centre’s poly-tunnels.
This will enable local people to come together to grow their own fruit and vegetables and socialise alongside learning new skills.
Knowsley Council also plans to create artist studios in the site’s outbuildings.
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Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council leader, said: “We were naturally very disappointed when the Wildflower Centre closed and we were really keen to identify a new use for the buildings on site. It is evident just how much our residents value our parks and open spaces and Court Hey Park is no exception.
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“After speaking to One Knowsley and the Friends’ Of the Park group it was clear that they shared our appetite to develop the site into a real community asset.
The opportunities are endless and I personally am really excited to see what ideas and plans come together in the coming months.”
Court Hey Park is a favourite spot for walkers and families and frequently hosts popular events for the community, such as the Knowsley Flower Show.
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