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Formby Festival visitors gave their ‘Wish List’ for the coast at the National Trust stand


The promised local consultations about the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton Council to the National Trust set the theme for the Trust’s stand at the Festival on 15th/16th July.

Organiser Fiona Matthews and Community Relations Officer Karen Brenchley had the brilliant idea of providing a supply of broad colourful ribbon and felt tip pens so that everyone – youngsters and adults alike– could write down what they would enjoy on the Trust’s land. A large supply of pine cones was provided as weights and for the really creative, coloured wool could be added as further decoration. Trust staff and volunteers were on hand to encourage contributions and to help with scissors, more ribbon and wool and sticky tapes. The final results were then pinned up on a special triangular ’Wish frame’ that the rangers had made. This was placed so that everyone could see. More and more wishes and ideas were added throughout Festival.

Staff and volunteers were able to talk to the show visitors and remind them to drop by the Open Day at The Gild Hall on Monday 17th of July. ‘It’s our first visit to the Festival and it has been really rewarding’ Fiona told The Bubble. ‘It has been a great chance to come out to meet local people, friends and all those who enjoy our wonderful Sefton coast. There were some great suggestions and ideas, which will help develop plans for looking after the coast into the future.

Debby pins up her wish for a beach visitor centre

Alongside the Asparagus, David tunes up his Festival song with his guitar

Karen helps Theo with his creation watched by his mother Emma

Sammy writes on her ribbon about the beach, watched by David

Top Photo: Sam’s wish was for sledging on the dunes

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