A picturesque town with more than 900 Grade II listed houses and public buildings, Port Sunlight was founded in 1888 by the industrialist William Lever as a self-contained community for his soap factory workers.
The village today is an immaculately preserved example of early town planning. A prototypical garden city, Port Sunlight’s manicured gardens and parklands offer abundant green space for the village’s residents and visitors, while cultural institutions like the Lady Lever Art Gallery and The Gladstone Theatre provide access to the arts.
With just 2,000 residents, Port Sunlight is home to a small but thriving community
The lockdown love bench was made in the first lockdown. Due to restrictions, we had to upturn all of our outside seating and after watching so many couples walking round the village we thought it would be nice for people to be able to sit and rest, take photos and make memories of the lockdown. The bench was constructed from old pub chairs and the artwork is by local artist Grant Walker.
The tree of hope and wishes was made in the second lockdown. It was inspired by holidays in a small fishing village Alvor in Portugal where locals and visitors would pin ribbons and put messages to a tree on the seafront near the harbour. Being born in Port Sunlight, knowing the community spirit within it, we thought it would be good to make one for the people here. People can tie ribbons and their own messages or write a message on tags provided and we will laminate them. The responses have been great and good to read, and to see people reading what is on the tree. The tree was recycled from an old fence panel.