About the Friends Group

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park are a voluntary group whose aim is to support Port Sunlight River Park, Wirral

We fund raise funds and stage events for the benefit of the local community. We also take part in local events to highlight the River Park.

We succesfully bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a unique resource "From Refuse to Recreation" exploring the history of the Park Site.

For more information link to us on Facebook

or email us friendsofpsrp@gmail.com

Port Sunlight River Park is located on the River Mersey in the North West of England.

Check the News Page for what's happening in and around the park.

Carl Leckie


Carl was a great friend of PSRP

He was always with us to add colour & voice to our celebrations.

He was born in Birkenhead

Working on tug boats for 15 years on the Mersey and witnessed the appalling pollution of the Mersey.

We interviewed him for our “Refuse to Recreation” history project

He then moved to working as a lock keeper on the canals of Cheshire. He was awarded the MBE for services to British Waterways.

He also wrote many books covering a wide range of subjects.

The Park is owned by the Land Trust and is now managed by TCV (The Conservation Volunteers)

TCV have taken the reins from Autism Together and will work alongside the Land Trust to maintain this much-loved green space and deliver a variety of practical conservation activities with local volunteers.

Land Trust Port Sunlight River Park

TCV | The Conservation Volunteers

The site contact for Port Sunlight River Park space is Eric Joinson Tel: 07740 899601

A seal resting on the rocks below the heritage center. It swam off later. Photo Colin A-L.


Sept 2022

picture by J. Gordon a Friend of PSRP

The large lake is over an area of an old silt pond. This means it is very flat bottomed and shallow. Unfortunately this means it often dries up in the summer. Plans to dig deeper areas face the problem that lower levels of the silt will contain the toxic materials from the time when the docks and River Mersey where very heavily polluted.

At the moment thus toxic material is safely covered by many layers of safe silt.

Another photo taken by J.Gordon.
Mersey ships commemorating the many times Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Merseyside and the River Mersey