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Liverpool park to see biblical transformation inspired by Psalm 23

by Sophie Drew

A park in Liverpool is set to undergo a Biblical transformation as designers set to work creating a Psalm 23-themed space.

The well-known verse - "The Lord is my Shepherd" – will inspire the six-acre site, currently managed by Liverpool Lighthouse.

Designer Sarah Eberle, one of the most decorated Chelsea Flower Show designers, aims to foster a sense of wholeness and tranquillity for visitors.

Dr. Tani Omideyi, chairman of Liverpool Lighthouse, expressed her hope that "people will feel whole and be able to breathe when they are here. Psalm 23 is a part of that because it brings a sense of wholeness. The psalm is like an embrace."

Bright Park has a rich history and is home to various wildlife species and a forest school, and it sits opposite the house of the late Ken Dodd.

It's not far from Alder Hey Hospital, renowned for caring for critically ill children.

Sarah Eberle is excited to take on the challenge: "The Park has a real sense of peace. It functions well on a health and wellbeing level already, and as it develops slowly, nature will do the talking. It has lots of potential."

Alfie-Jean Levene, a trustee of Liverpool Lighthouse with Psalm 23 tattooed on her wrist, hopes visitors connect with the verse's message of divine care and peace while ensuring everyone feels welcome in the Park.

This project was inspired by Sarah's Psalm 23 Garden at the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by Bible Society. Since then, over 20 gardens nationwide have been created as part of this initiative.

Bible Society's spokesman Mark Woods said they are "delighted that Bright Park will become an even greater place of peace and contemplation through its use of Psalm 23".

The project will be completed over the coming years.

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