Successful Postcode Lottery Bid

The Postcode Lottery Trust has granted £20,000 to the Friends of Harthill and Calderstones Park to help with converting the Harthill Depot site into a Nature Reserve. The Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery. The application for this award was supported by the Liverpool City Council, Mersey Forest, The Conservation Volunteers and Richard Scott, Director of the National Wildflower Centre based at the Eden Project.

The plan is to continue with the work already done by volunteers to create areas for wild flowers, native trees, in addition to a large area to be left wild for birds, mammals, reptiles and insects of all types native to this area.

This area will become, when it is open, a quiet place for members of the public to enjoy nature and relax.

What is happening to the ex-depot site now that it is no longer going to have houses on it?

The Liverpool City Council has not decided what to do with the site. The Friends wish to have some say in this. Some ideas have been put forward.

We should like to know your opinion about this. Please let us know, you can use our contact page or email

A map of the area can be made available if you need it.

Successful outcome of the Judicial Review. Friday 18th January 2019

On Friday, 18th January 2019 Judge Kerr gave his verdict on the Judicial Review heard on November 5th and 6th 2018.

He found in favour of LOGS (Liverpool Open and Green Spaces CIC) and against Liverpool City Council. Following this Mayor Anderson said that the Harthill project is now dead.

Village Green Application

On Monday, 25th July 2016 an application for Village Green status for an area of the Beechley Estate was made to the Liverpool City Council. If this application is successful then this land will remain open to the public and will not be available for building.

This application has now been advertised. We are still waiting to hear if this application is successful.

If you can supply any evidence of use by the public of the area involved please let us know. The use must have been legal, without consent and without force. It should have been, in broad terms, of a recreational nature. The map below shows the approximate area of the proposed village green. The basic details of this map are supplied by Ordnance Survey.

Planning Applications for Building on part of Harthill and Beechley Estates

On Tuesday 14th February 2017 the Planning Committee accepted the planning application made by Redrow Homes to build on parts of the Harthill and Beechley Estates. Below you can see maps of where the build is to be.

The top map shows the whole park, in green, with a rectangle marking where the Redrow Master Plan is positioned.
The lower map is produced by Redrow to show what they are proposing. 

The proposed area includes the Glendale Depot which is within the park area. Also the paddock which is easily seen when walking along the west side of the park and is within the green area of the park. The Beechley Stables, Calder Kids and the Miniature Railway, though not marked in green are also recorded as being in Calderstones Park.

Mayor Joe Anderson has previously stated that he is not going to build on Calderstones Park.