Building the case for the Natural Health Service

12 May 2015
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As many of our supporters will know, The Mersey Forest has been involved with the development and delivery of the Natural Health Service by offering a number of pilots in areas of the Forest. 


Evidence for the effectiveness of this approach is overwhelming and the time has now come to start building our case to Commissioners and Public Health as to why the service provides such a good option for local people looking to improve and sustain their health. 


We have recently been successful in securing funds from the Social Investment Business allowing us to work with government-appointed consultants (Cogent Ventures) to help us to strengthen our case when approaching funders such as the CCGs and Public Health.


As part of this process, we would like to consult with previous, current and potential beneficiaries of services provided in the natural environment.


If you have, are currently or are hoping to access Natural Health-type activities in the future – please fill in the appropriate survey below.


You can find out more about the Natural Health Service here.

Many thanks for your help. We look forward to building up our case to the funders in the future so that everybody can benefit from Natural Health Services.



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Murals Wallpaper are backing the Mersey Forest Foundation

06 May 2015
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Murals Wallpaper are the latest business to support the work of the Mersey Forest Foundation by sponsoring Forest School activities in Liverpool.


Murals Wallpaper have been inspiring people to realise their dream interior décor through transforming great artwork, design and photography into high-quality wall murals since 2009.


Richard Wilde, MD, explains: "As a company that prints wall murals, the high consumption of paper is something of which we are all too aware. While our wallpaper comes from FSC registered, sustainably managed forest, working with Mersey Forest Foundation we can do a bit extra by planting new trees close to our base. It is great to be a part of the effort to create The Mersey Forest, and helping children reconnect with nature through Forest School is something that we can't wait to be a part of."


In addition to sponsoring the work with children, Murals Wallpaper are working to develop a new forest wallpaper range from photos taken in the Mersey Forest. For every mural sold from the wallpaper range, the Foundation will receive a contribution, helping to continue the work for many years to come. See the forest range here.


If your business would like further information on how to support the Mersey Forest Foundation, please phone 01925 816217.

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Marbury "tree museum" restored to former glory

12 March 2015
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Part of Northwich's rich history has been restored by local community group the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM).

Marbury Arboretum – a "tree museum" that showcases a range of different species of trees – has been given a green facelift to help engage visitors to Marbury Woodlands with the arboretum, which was originally planted in the mid-1800s.

Clearance works have been undertaken to highlight the best specimens, and wooden interpretation plaques have been installed to help visitors identify the special trees.

Two new species of trees – Western Hemlock and Lodgepole Pine – have been added to the collection. A new entrance path has also been installed to improve access to the arboretum.

The work has been carried out by FoAM volunteers, with the help and expertise of Cheshire West and Chester Rangers. It has been supported by local chemicals manufacturer INEOS Enterprises through the Landfill Communities Fund, as part of The Mersey Forest.

The area was reopened by FoAM Chair Mary Jeeves and Janet Ward from INEOS Enterprises.

Mary said: "We are delighted that we have been able to restore this vital piece of
Marbury's history and hope that the revitalised area will serve as an educational
resource and local attraction for years to come."

Janet Ward, INEOS Enterprises said: "It's great to see this historical arboretum
restored to its former glory with the help of local community volunteers."

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Trees help boost play at woodland site

02 March 2015
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Sefton Play Council has been making improvements to a natural learning space at St Mary's Complex in Bootle.


Coordinators from the play charity have planted new trees at the site to provide an improved environment for Forest School sessions.


Forest School helps to build confidence, practical skills and knowledge of the natural world within an outdoor setting, and can involve participants of all ages.


The Forest School area at St Mary's Complex will be used to deliver Forest School sessions to local children, and also to train future Forest School Leaders.


The trees were funded by the national Big Tree Plant programme through The Mersey Forest ( and by ForeStClim.


Dave Tinsley, from Sefton Play Council, said: "Forest School provides a range of benefits to children, from teaching them to play in an active, natural way, to fostering a long-lasting respect for our environment and improving interpersonal skills. These trees will help to enhance our Forest School area and improve the woodland habitat and we look forward to hosting sessions on the site."

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Kingsley pupils dig in to create new woodland

02 March 2015
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Liverpool children have helped sow the seeds for a greener future at Kingsley Primary School and Children's Centre by creating a new school woodland.


At a packed planting day supervised by school staff, The Mersey Forest Team, and regional construction firm Casey, pupils and parents joined helped to plant 250 small trees and 26 large trees on a patch of derelict playground.


Once the school woodland has grown, it will be used to host Forest School sessions, which help to teach children practical and interpersonal skills in a woodland environment.


The trees were funded by Big Tree Plant and Woodland Trust as part of The Mersey Forest, and also by ForeStClim. Casey contributed to the project by carrying out landscaping works on site in consultation with the school and The Mersey Forest.


John Murphy, Chair of Governors from Kingsley Primary School, said: "We are looking forward in the near future to being able to offer Forest School as part of the curriculum for early years children at the school as a result of the planting of these trees. Future pupils will be able to benefit from the well-known advantages of Forest School, and from having a woodland habitat on site.


'We are grateful for help from all our supporters and continuing support in kind from Caseys."


Jo Sayers, Community Development Officer at The Mersey Forest, said: "These trees will help to transform this patch of derelict land and turn it into a place of learning and reflection for pupils and staff."

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