Over 400 pupils, along with their parents and teachers, pitched in to plant a new woodland in the grounds of a Stoneycroft primary school last week.
Pupils at Corinthian Community Primary School planted around 500 trees, supervised by members of The Mersey Forest team, who are coordinating the project.
The school woodland includes a mixture of trees including native broadleaf species, holly and scots pine trees. It also includes a small orchard with apples, plums, pears and cherry trees.
Once the woodland matures over the coming years, it's hoped that the school will be able to use it as a venue for outdoor natural play sessions.
Gary Crockett, Head-teacher at Corinthian Community Primary School, said: "As the trees grow, we will use the woodland to teach children about nature. It's our hope that one day we'll be able to use the woodland for Forest School sessions, which are focussed on reconnecting our children with nature.
"At the moment we're leading Forest School sessions in Croxteth Park. We're really excited to be growing a diverse and educational natural resource in our school grounds – we can hardly wait for the trees to grow!"
Jo Sayers, Community Development at The Mersey Forest, said: "It was great to see so much enthusiasm from both the staff and pupils who planted the trees, and their families who came along to help them."
The tree planting day was part of a project coordinated by The Mersey Forest and supported by the national Big Tree Plant Campaign and the Woodland Trust.
Sefton residents are being given the opportunity to pick up a free tree this weekend as part of National Tree Week.
The free tree giveaway is being organised by Sefton Borough Council and is funded by the Big Tree Plant and Woodland Trust as part of The Mersey Forest.
Rowan, silver birch and bird cherry trees will be available to collect from specific locations in Sefton, together with a leaflet about how to look after the trees.
Thursday, 5 December:
Bootle, Bootle Cricket Club (L20 2DD) – 3pm
Saturday, 7 December:
Litherland, Hatton Hill Park (L21 9JN) – 1pm-3pm
Crosby, Moorside Park (L23 2RS) – 1pm-3pm
For further information please contact Sefton's Trees and Woodlands team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're delighted to announce that Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, has won one of three MCS 75th Anniversary Tony Bradshaw Awards.
The awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate MCS' activities and interests and to commemorate the service of three of its former leading Members: Quentin Hughes MC, OBE (Chair of the MCS Council); David Stewart (Hon. Treasurer); and, Tony Bradshaw, FRS (chair of the structure plan panel and Council Member).
The award was given in recognition of Paul's "leadership and to the wider support and involvement of the Mersey Forest to many voluntary and community efforts." It was presented at a ceremony at the Quaker's Meeting House in Liverpool on Tuesday 26 November.
We would also like to congratulate the recipients of the other two Tony Bradshaw Awards: Robert Lee and the Friends of Birkenhead Park, and Grant Luscombe and the National Wildflower Centre.
Paul Nolan said: "Tony Bradshaw was an inspiration and a great supporter for the work of Mersey Forest. He was always generous with his time and in sharing his knowledge. It is a huge honour to get an award in his name. I would like to offer my congratulations to every individual and organisation recognised through Merseyside Civic Society's 75th Anniversary awards."
A Birkenhead women's centre is brightening up its grounds this winter with the addition of several new fruit trees.
Women from Tomorrow's Women Wirral have planted apple trees in the grounds of the centre with the help of staff from The Mersey Forest.
The planting formed part of a wider project to create a sensory garden, which is being supported by Faiths4Change and will provide fresh produce for its café. It will also allow women attending the centre to learn about gardening and food-growing.
Tomorrow's Women Wirral support women across the Wirral to build confidence, gain skills and reduce social isolation.
A spokesperson from Tomorrow's Women Wirral said: "This project means that our service users will have the opportunity to connect with nature within our grounds, while learning about the importance of healthy eating and gaining useful gardening skills."
Sarah Morton, Urban Forestry Assistant at The Mersey Forest, said: "The new apple trees are located on one of the key routes that The Mersey Forest is greening in Birkenhead as part of the Wirral Green Streets project. We're very excited to be working with members of the community to make this happen."
The tree planting is being funded by the Forestry Commission's Setting the Scene for Growth Programme as part of the Wirral Green Streets and Green Infrastructure Programme through The Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Trees have been donated by the Big Tree Plant through Wiser Solutions' Fruit Routes project.
Jim Barrington from Wiser Solutions said: "Planting fruit routes will help Wirral residents gain a wider knowledge of how to grow fruit, including varieties of apples, pears and plums. It will enable them to re-connect with their local environment and adopt healthier lifestyles through the therapeutic benefits of gardening."
Whitegate volunteers have given a local woodland a green makeover as part of an effort to encourage people to spend more time in the woods.
Volunteers from the Friends of Church Wood conservation group have helped to clear and improve pathways and plant new beech trees near the entrance to the woodland as part of the project.
Native daffodils and bluebells have also been planted in the woodland, boosting the established habitat for wildlife on the site.
Rob Woodall, Chairman of the Friends of Church Wood, said: "Church Wood is used regularly by many different people, from local walkers to school children taking part in Forest School sessions.
"By clearing pathways and carrying out tree safety works as part of this project, we have been able to ensure that the woodland is safe for everyone to use."
Funding for the project has come from local chemicals manufacturer INEOS Enterprises through the Landfill Communities Fund scheme, Forestry Commission and the National Big Tree Plant Campaign as part of The Mersey Forest.
Janet Ward of INEOS Enterprises said: "These improvements will enable people from all sections of the community to enjoy the woodland. It's great to see such local enthusiasm for the project."