Have a look at the Pollen Count chart below to find out what the pollen count in Liverpool is today, and scroll through the next few days for a forecast of what's coming. The chart also highlights the levels of different types of pollen: grass, trees (birch, cypress, oak, plane and sweet chestnut) and weeds.
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Famous for music, art, football and its rich history as a trading port, Liverpool is now a bustling metropolitan city that is rich in culture; in fact, it was the European Capital of Culture in 2007. With several universities including Liverpool Hope, Liverpool John Moores and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, this city also supports a vibrant student community.
Being near the coast with lower air pollution than many other UK cities, hayfever sufferers may not experience as many symptoms in Liverpool as they would elsewhere. However, the city is still the home to a large number of parks and green spaces, so unfortunately there will still be areas where your hayfever symptoms will be triggered.
There are a number of parks in Liverpool, many of which contain large grassy areas and a variety of trees and other plants, making them potential hotspots for pollen. These include:
The Festival Garden. Occupying the site of the original 1984 International Garden Festival, this newly restored garden is rich in plant life, complete with oriental gardens and pagodas. While the gardens are beautiful and exotic, their rich plant life also means that they are likely to be a high pollen area
Sefton Park. Sefton Park’s famous Palm House contains an array of exotic plant species. The surrounding park is grassy, with some trees including chestnut, lime, plane and ash as well as water features and caves
Calderstones Park. Calderstones Park contains a 1000 year old oak tree which was split not by lightening, but by a gunpowder ship explosion in 1864 which caused a mini earthquake. It also contains the Calderstones themselves, a cluster of large rocks thought to be part of an ancient tomb. The park is home to a number of tree species including yew, oak , beech and Canadian Redwood, as well as large grassy areas
Everton Park Nature Garden. This garden contains fewer trees than many of Liverpool’s parks, so may have lower pollen counts during the beginning of the hayfever season. However, it contains large amounts of grassland, and even wildflower meadows, meaning that grass and weed pollen are likely to be abundant from May onwards.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Liverpool that will help you enjoy what the city has to offer, whilst avoiding as much pollen as possible! You’ll find plenty to do just exploring the bars, cafes, restaurants and shops of the city centre. Liverpool city centre is a good distance from the major parks and green spaces, so you should be fairly safe from pollen here, although you may be affected on particularly high pollen count days In addition, we suggest:
A trip to the beach! Many people find that their symptoms ease at the beach, where there is more fresh air since the wind coming in from the sea will not be laden with pollen. Formby beach is about a 45 minute drive from Liverpool but worth it for a dose of that fresh air!
Many of these museums are located at Albert Docks, which is also a lovely area to wander around and explore – it is a good distance from the large parks and right next to the River Mersey, meaning that pollen count is likely to be lower here
Knowsley Safari park is around a half hour drive away but provides fun for all the family – it inevitably contains large areas of grassland, however, so just remember to keep the windows closed to keep pollen (and animals) out!
Head to New Mersey Shopping Park or Liverpool One for some retail therapy. Bear in mind that Liverpool One is an open-air shopping centre so will not be completely free from pollen on high pollen count days.
Our hayfever products are usually stocked in Holland & Barrett, of which there are two in the city centre. Our products are also stocked in a number of independent health stores across the city: you’ll find the Abaca Health Store on Woolton Road, Childwall, and one in Birkenhead on Oxton Road.
What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.