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Cheshire West and Chester newsletter
Winter 2012

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The Mersey Forest
Cheshire West and Chester update / Winter 2012 What is The Mersey Forest?
In this issue
// Welcome
// £10 for every £1 invested: 2011/12 in figures
// Wood-powered heating installed at Trafford Mill
// Chris Davies MEP visits Northwich woodlands
// Northwich wood allotment proves a success
// The Big Tree Plant: 70 groups to dig in this winter
// 1000 reasons why people love their trees
// Ash dieback: region's foresters come together
// Dedicate a tree this Christmas

The widespread media coverage of ash dieback disease has once again highlighted the huge importance that people place upon their trees and woodlands. Thankfully the disease has not been found in the wider environment in the North West as yet, and the public's desire to protect their woodlands will be an important asset in remaining vigilant (see our ash dieback Q&A for more).


The Independent Panel on Forestry has made clear its view that the nation needs more and better woodlands for the benefit of people, the economy and the environment. As we await the government's response to the Panel's recommendations in the New Year, we look forward to an action-packed winter here in The Mersey Forest – planting thousands of trees to transform neighbourhoods across the local area as part of The Big Tree Plant.

Cllr Myles Hogg
Member for The Mersey Forest, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Pat McCloskey
Chair, The Mersey Forest Partnership
2011/12 in figures
Every £1 invested
creates £10 impact

The Mersey Forest continues to provide great value for money, especially in the current economic climate. Local authorities gained £10 worth of green projects for every £1 they invested in The Mersey Forest in 2011/12.


The local authorities' combined annual contribution of £167,481 led to the delivery of £1.5 million of projects right here on our doorsteps thanks to the way The Mersey Forest Team levers in extra funds.

Cheshire West and Chester highlights

4823 trees planted in Cheshire to increase the area's tree cover.

123m of new hedgerow planted, creating an important habitat for wildlife.

92 street trees planted to enhance Cheshire's neighbourhoods.

Latest local news
Warm welcome for volunteers at Trafford Mill

Cheshire conservation volunteers are receiving a warm welcome at their county headquarters in Mickle Trafford, thanks to the installation of a woodfuel boiler with help from The Mersey Forest.

Chris Davies MEP visits Northwich woodlands

Chris Davies, an MEP for the North West, has visited woodlands in Cheshire to view some of the work that The Mersey Forest has been doing in the area.

Northwich wood allotment proves a success

As the successful wood allotment pilot project at Northwich's Carey Park enters its second year, other local authorities are lining up to follow Cheshire West and Chester's lead.

Forest-wide news
The Big Tree Plant: 70 groups to dig in this winter

Dozens more schools and community groups will be planting trees with The Mersey Forest this winter to brighten the local area as part of The Big Tree Plant campaign.

1000 reasons why people love their trees

We asked which local woods people love and where they'd like to see more trees planted. We're feeding the public's fantastic response into the refresh of our guiding Forest Plan.

Ash dieback: region's foresters come together

More than 120 North West based woodland professionals attended an ash dieback information meeting this week, organised by us on behalf of the Regional Forestry Forum.

Dedicate a tree this Christmas

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? More than 15,000 trees in local community woodlands have been dedicated as gifts as part of our Dedicate a Tree project.

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