Friday, 26 December 2008


It may be of interest to know that Michael Heseltine who set up the Garden Festival site in 1984 has a speech recorded by stenographers in the 'Hansard register'.
This register documents everything discussed in the House of Commons.

It's proving difficult to access the speech but I've been told he talks about building some houses (which were built 20 years ago) and then saying that the parkland is to be an additional green space for the people of Liverpool. I have invited Lord Heseltine to our TATE event to discuss this.

I googled 'hansard liverpool garden festival heseltine' and found discussions dated 17/2/82/vol 18 c167w and Garden centre (Toxteth) talks.
Mr. Patrick Jenkins gives an interesting speech on 19th December 1984 197w about how prom and surrounding area are for the public in the long term. This is found in the 'hansard register millbank systems' and searching liverpool garden festival.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008


On Sunday January 11th 2009 2-4pm there will be food and debate on conservation and the loss of public spaces with people from the Garden Festival Campaign.

This will be part of the '5th floor project' in the International Festival space on the 4th floor.

There will be the showing of the deep ecology film 'Earth spirit action' for 16 minutes and then the campaigner's own film 'Garden Festival watch' 6 minutes long in the first half hour.

John Davies, curator of 'Cities on the Edge' book and photo exhibition will then lead a debate on 'loss of public space and land give aways'. There will also be other speakers.

The gallery space will be filled with banners, photos, food and information on our campaign.
There will be a live drawing being sketched by Canadian Artist Beth Shortt during the event

Tenantspin@ FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) are hosting an event which includes the Garden Festival Campaigners in their TATE television studio on the 4th floor.
This is on Tuesday January 13th 2009. About 12.30 tbc

All are welcome.