As part of English Heritage’s ongoing Urban Parks Register Upgrade Project, Liverpool’s historic Sefton Park has been registered at Grade I
Opened in 1872, Sefton Park was, and still is, an important element of Liverpool, says English Heritage, ‘as one of the spaces designed to form a green belt around this great industrial city’.
French landscape architect Édouard André – who had worked on parks in Paris – won the competition to design the park, alongside Liverpool man Lewis Hornblower.
The 235-acre park was built on land bought by Liverpool City Council from the Earl of Sefton. It remains largely unchanged from its original layout, first conceived in 1867.
A £7m restoration project was carried out at the park in 2005. This included refurbishment of the watercourses, renovation of rockeries, a new play area, extensive planting, improvements to paths and bridges and restoration of monuments. Work was also recently completed on a £6m programme to resurface the roads around the park.