A local voluntary group is looking to transform some derelict former changing rooms in Sudley into a low carbon community-owned asset for health, wellbeing and connecting to nature.
A crowdfunder has been set up by Growing Sudley CIC as part of their ongoing work on reviving the old walled garden at South Liverpool’s Sudley Estate. If successful, the former council building next to the garden will become a Therapy and Wellbeing Centre with affordable space for therapists and a base for the CIC itself.
The garden is a local hidden gem within a historic site that includes National Museums Liverpool’s Sudley House and a world-class art collection. The House and Estate were bequeathed by the shipping merchant family the Holts ‘for the benefit of the people of Liverpool’, ensuring the protection of the heritage assets from development. The history of the site and its legacy, deeply embedded in colonialism, are set to be explored in an upcoming heritage project.
For now, the volunteer-led community group are focused on making the project sustainable for the future, environmentally and economically.
The changing rooms project is a partnership with Ullet Road Eco Offices, one of South Liverpool’s first major eco-refurbishments. Using a range of renewable systems, the grassroots retrofitted buildings are developing local knowledge and resources to help the region move towards a low carbon-future.
Growing Sudley have funds to regenerate the building and garden, but they don’t include the renewable technology required to make it low carbon. The group have launched the crowdfunder on Liverpool Spacehive to raise the extra costs of making the building green for the future.
The public can donate and find out more information via the project’s Spacehive page here: www.spacehive.com/