Wallasey community space burnt to the ground in arson attack

The community shed and gazebo at Earth Moves, on the former Telegraph Lane Market Gardens in Wallasey, has been burnt to the ground in an arson attack on 2 May.

Due to the attack, Earth Moves had to cancel its upcoming free events; a mental wellbeing gardening event and a disability inclusive dance session.

Paula Staunton, Co-Founder at Earth Moves said, “We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved community shed at the Earth Moves site has been destroyed by arson. This was a space built with love, for the community, by the community to allow a space for connecting to nature and each other. 

“It’s so sad that our work has been made harder by this event. Many vulnerable people are connected to our project, where we offer regular free events and eco therapies. We won’t let this destroy our spirit, a community cannot be destroyed by burning down a building.”

Photos show the level of devastation for the project, where the shed, covered gazebo area, and nearby crops were reduced to ashes. The shed was built using grant funding and donations and represented years of hard work and volunteer hours. 

A Go Fund Me has been set up by Earth Moves to replace the shed and the contents inside that included tables, chairs, art, cooking and education materials, first aid kits and a solar panel. You can donate to the Go Fund Me online: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-earth-moves-community-shed

If you are also able to donate items such as plants, chairs, tables and are able to bring them to the site please email Paula at info@earthmoves.org

Last weekend saw children and families enjoying a free art workshop in the space, and before that around 50 people used the shed to learn more about UK native bat species as part of the Earth Moves spring bat talk and walk.

Paula Staunton continued, “The destruction of our community shed leaves us grappling with questions of how someone could commit such an act. Burning a community space and all the innocent plants too. But even in the face of this tragedy, we refuse to lose hope. The response we have had so far in support of our project means we know we are doing good work, and this will continue.”

Community Policing Inspector Nicola Hughes said, “This incident has caused significant distress, inconvenience and impact to the activities of this really important community project. 

“At this stage, the cause of the fire is unconfirmed but if you have any information or saw anything suspicious in the area please let us know and we will take action.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 24000403673.

Image: Crops and educational and art materials were also destroyed in the attack

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Volunteers survey the destruction including the pizza oven which was popular at community cooking events
The shed before it was burnt down
Free community meals were enjoyed in the shed