Women carrying out Unpaid Work Orders in the Wirral are helping maintain Hamilton Square.
The iconic Georgian Square, which was designed by Edinburgh architect James Gillespie Graham, has the most Grade I listed buildings outside of London.
Women on probation, supervised by the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company, remove litter, cut the edging, trim overgrowth, weed and plant to help ensure the square is spotless.
Nicky Boughey, Unpaid Work Supervisor, who works for Tomorrow Women’s Wirral but whose role is funded by MCRC, organised with Wirral Council for the Community Payback group to work in the square.
She said: “We work at four sites across the Wirral and are proud about the impact we have. The women have worked extremely hard on this project and we are delighted that they have received so much positive feedback.
“We do everything apart from mowing the grass, which is done by the council. The response from the public is great.”
Women on Community Payback also engage with Tomorrow’s Women to address the issues that have led them to their current situation. Other Unpaid Work roles include working within the TWW Charity Shop, painting and decorating and being responsible for the upkeep of the TWW Community Garden where they receive horticulture qualifications.
Nicky added: “Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law, but it is also a way for people to learn new skills and to help them make positive changes in their lives.”