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Birkenhead Park Project

What is the Park Inner Park Project?

The HYPE Park Inner Park Project is transforming the corner of Birkenhead Park adjacent to the Sea Cadets on Park Road East.

Our Birkenhead Park Project is developing a multi-functional green space for youth projects and to support the local community and is linking children and young people with community activities to expand their world beyond simply the school and home setting, creating a positive impact on the whole family.

Some of our exciting projects will be delivered in partnership with Central Park, New York and Nantes Park, Cape Town.

The benefits of nature can be found in our communities’ parks and green spaces and other spaces of urban nature including improving sleep, increasing energy, decreasing stress, better immunity and improving the cognitive development of young people by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills.

Quite simply: Nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits and our Park Inner Park aims to bridge the gap between urban living and exposure to the natural world.

We believe that by engaging more young people in positive outdoor activities and events through our Birkenhead Park Inner Park Project, they will become empowered to live enhanced healthy lifestyles, develop good relationships with their families, increase their self-esteem and confidence and raise their life aspirations.

More exciting updates to follow this Spring 2017….

Bring learning to life

HYPE has been working with schools since 2008 delivering many programmes helping children of all ages engage in learning. Recently we have redeveloped a piece of wasteland in Birkenhead Park providing an incredible opportunity for children to learn in a positive environment in each of our dedicated outdoor areas:

  • Learning Area
  • Growing Area
  • Sports Area
  • Entertainment
  • Area Woodland Area

Goals and milestones.

We ask students to set their own goals and milestones within the framework we have created so they commit to the programme from day 1. These targets can be met by delivering a number of projects which could include:

  • Developing and delivering a community event for young people
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of volunteering locally
  • Promoting job creation for young people on Wirral
  • Understanding our impact on the environment and how we can improve it
  • The benefits of growing and nurturing your own food
  • Health and fitness through sports

Whichever projects the students take on, learning will focus on the curriculum as we cover art, drama, science, mathematics, storytelling, physical education, geography and local history.

Key to the success of the programme though is engaging with students on key issues such as:

  • Problems in school
  • Overcoming fears
  • Manage behaviour
  • Further education, employment and volunteering opportunities

This is where HYPE can make a real difference and reach out to students outside of the classroom environment to help them re-connect with the importance of their own learning and understand the opportunities it can create in their lives.

What did the students have to say?

“I enjoyed the whole project but my favourite part was working with the young children on the final week.”

Alex Aged 14

“ Having time to develop a project and work in pairs was great.”

Tia Aged 14

And the teacher?

“The volunteers leading the sessions provided us with excitement and enjoyment each week making the atmosphere buzz with excitement. The skills that the students have learnt from attending this project have allowed them to flourish in social situations and in school as well.”

Miss Robinson Weatherhead Pastoral & Academic Support Worker

Grand Entrance Project

Birkenhead Park is widely recognised as the world’s first publicly funded park and a landmark in urban history. It was created by the celebrated designer Joseph Paxton, to replicate a countryside landscape of open meadows, lakes and ponds alongside new housing developments and a series of sympathetic buildings including lodge gates, pavilions and a boathouse.

The Grand Entrance is the only one of the park’s seven lodges in public ownership. Designed by architect Lewis Hornblower in the Ionic style, it is a spectacular construction, consisting of three arches flanked by two lodge houses.

The heritage significance of the Park is recognised in its Grade I listed status. It was influential in the design of other urban parks, including most famously Central Park in New York and closer to home, Liverpool’s Sefton Park. Paxton went on to work on the design of the Houses of Parliament and Crystal Palace. The Grand Entrance which is the base for our project has a Grade II* listing.

Our ambition is that every person who engages with our project, whether through a schools programme or a casual visit on an open day, will come away having learned something new about Birkenhead Park. More specifically, at the end of our project young participants will be able to describe what conditions were like for Victorian children in Birkenhead, know why the park was built and name some of the people who were significant in its development. They will understand why their local park has an international reputation and be aware of its links to other parks around the world. They will understand the park as a natural environment which has positive benefits for health and wellbeing. Young people will have shared their knowledge of the site with others.

Visitors to the family days will learn something new about Birkenhead Park. They will understand its significance in the history of urban development and learn about the designers, architects and funders who were instrumental in its creation.

The project will focus on young people, who tend to be under-represented in heritage audiences, and will engage the wider community through work with parents and young people’s social networks. We will assess the extent to which participants have previously engaged with heritage in our evaluation process.