Sponsored walk held to help save green spaces in Liverpool.
Beating the BoundsPhoto: © John Davies
The Liverpool District group of CPRE in conjunction with the Save Allerton Priory campaign group held a Beating the Bounds Walk on Sunday 25th June 2017. The walk was organised to raise funds to continue the fight against the building of 160 executive homes on land at Allerton Priory (Liverpool, L25) which is within the Green Wedge.
Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes, dating from before the Norman Conquests. Usually led by the parish priest and church officials, it involves a group of old and young members of the community walking the boundaries of the parish, to share the knowledge of where they lie, and to seek protection and blessings for these lands (in this case, the “Calderstones to Woolton Green Wedge”).
Approximately 35 people came along on the walks, including children (some in push chairs) and also councillors.
The walk began at All Hallows Church Hall in Allerton Liverpool L18 and practically covered the whole of this particular Green Wedge. The group had great fun beating the boundary walls with willow sticks and some of walkers went on through to the Woolton area, a favourite haunt of John Lennon, arriving quite exhausted, at the top of Camphill, to have much needed refreshments and a picnic.
The walk was held to in order to raise public awareness of the area’s Green Wedge boundaries and also to raise funds for legal representation at a forthcoming Public Inquiry on 3 October 2017 to save a privately owned piece of land within it, namely land fronting the Grade II* Allerton Priory.
The group was also able to raise money through a cake sale with tea and coffee which was most welcoming upon the completion of the walk.
A good day was had by all and it is hoped that this will become an annual event.