International Garden Festival


International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival was a garden festival held in Liverpool, England from 2 May 1984 to 14 October 1984. It was the first such event held in Britain, and became the model for several others held during the 1980s and early 1990s. The aim was to revitalise tourism and the city of Liverpool which had been in decline, and the idea came from Conservative Environment Minister Michael Heseltine.

The festival

system provided transport around the site. The festival was hugely popular, attracting 3,380,000 visitors. [citeweb|url=http://www.bie-paris.org/main/index.php?p=-152&m2=166|title=Horticultural Exhibitions: Liverpool|work=Bureau International des Expositions (International Exhibitions Bureau)|accessdate=25 March|accessyear=2005]

The festival site

Since the festival closed, the site passed through the hands of a series of developers. From the late 1980's to the mid-1990s the Festival Hall was used as the Pleasure Island amusement park. Half of the site has since been turned into residential housing. In November 2006 local companies Langtree and McLean announced plans for the site that will see more than 1,000 new homes built around the cleared dome area, as well as the restoration of the original gardens created for the festival in 1984.

References

External links

* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/capital_culture/2004/04/garden_festival/index.shtml BBC Liverpool: 20 years since the festival showing the site in 1984 and 2004]
* [http://www.gfcampaign.org.uk/ Campaign to restore the festival site]
* [http://www.riversidegardens.org.uk/ Community website for the area]
* [http://www.festivalgardens.co.uk/ Website for the new development]


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