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For the people, by the people

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Key team members Many people are involved in the Ralla project in one way or another, and the team is constantly growing. The project’s three current directors all live in Kirkdale: Fred Newman - Fred has lived in Kirkdale since 2011 and enjoyed walking on the land at the Ralla for many years before access was restricted. Fred’s broad professional experience has been put to good use in the process of incorporation of the Community Interest Company, writing the Ralla documentation and successfully securing developmental funding for the project. Myriam Lahnite - Myriam trained as an architect in Lille, France. She completed an MA in Urban Sociology in partnership with the University of Liverpool, focusing on the re-use of disused land by community organisations. As part of her research, Myriam worked alongside Squash Liverpool, Granby 4 Streets CLT and Homebaked CLT, and was inspired by the effects that these organisations have had on their respective areas of Liverpool. Tom Branton - Tom grew up in Crosby and trained as a geologist, before taking an interest in organic farming. Tom has worked at Rice Lane City Farm for many years, gaining broad experience in both urban farming and community-focused business management. Tom is also a skilled carpenter, and has designed and built several of the farm’s outbuildings, using a combination of traditional English and Japanese techniques. The project also owes tremendous thanks to Jane Edwards, who has lived in Kirkdale for most of her life, and who has known the Ralla since she was a child. Jane has been a constant source of optimism and support, and continues to play a key role in community engagement. We would also like to give big thanks to all of our supporters, particularly from the local community, but also from the many community organisations throughout Merseyside who have been so kind in lending their experience, wisdom and energy to this project for Kirkdale!

Profile for The Ralla Ecological Garden CIC

Raising the Ralla! 2019 brochure.  

For many years, residents in Kirkdale have been keen to transform the land at the Ralla into a true asset for the local community. In 2018,...

Raising the Ralla! 2019 brochure.  

For many years, residents in Kirkdale have been keen to transform the land at the Ralla into a true asset for the local community. In 2018,...

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