Friends of Rotten Row


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A group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration and upkeep of a half mile long herbaceous border.

Group introduction

Friends of Rotten Row are a group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration and upkeep of a half mile long flower border. The border has been in existence for over 120 years and we believe derives its unusual name from a similar border called Rotten Row in Hyde Park.
We have been active since 2011 when the council could no longer afford to maintain this historical border and it was to be grassed over.
Some 40 volunteers formed the friends group to restore the border to it’s former glory as it had become neglected and overgrown. The volunteers (average age 70) get together three times a week, to keep the plants and the borders looking beautiful.
It is enjoyed by the locals of Southport and the many, visitors to the town. The feedback we receive is most positive and never a work session goes by when people don’t stop and compliment us on the flowers and thank us for the work we do or toot their horn in approval as they drive past. We have won many awards – NWIB Level 5 ‘outstanding’ for the last 6 years as well as the city of Liverpool best overall volunteer group plus many more accolades from various groups.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

The money will be spent on shrubs, plants and bulbs. This will enable this historic border to continue to flourish for years to come. To be enjoyed by locals and visitors, wheelchair users, children, numbers too numerous to count.

The project has also helped raise the profile of Southport. Like other towns, over the last few years there have been cutbacks and businesses closing down, but in 2016 Southport achieved Gold status in Britain in Bloom best coastal town, as well as taking the overall winner’s prize - and Rotten Row was part of this winning team.

"“Absolutely stunned! What a fabulous border – congratulations to all” Joe Swift, English Garden Designer 22/8/15

Brilliant! Wonderful! Carol Klein, English Garden Expert 18/8/17"

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