Streets in Speke and Everton are set to receive a green makeover in the New Year with the planting of dozens of street trees.
In Speke, the trees will be planted on Damwood Road, Alderwood Avenue and Eastern Avenue. In Everton, trees will be planted on Mere Lane, Breckfield Road and Breck Road.
The streets are being greened as part of the Merseyside Green Streets project, which is being coordinated by The Mersey Forest and funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Members of The Mersey Forest team have been knocking on doors and speaking to residents in Speke and Everton to keep them fully informed of the developments.
Ben Greenaway, Green Streets Coordinator at The Mersey Forest, said: "Community consultation is a key part of Green Streets. We've been giving people the opportunity to choose the species of the tree that will be planted outside or near their homes.
"These trees will provide a range of benefits to residents in Liverpool. Not only will they make the streets look more attractive and more pleasant to walk and cycle in, but they will also improve air quality and provide vital shade in summer."
Councillor Claire Glare, Mersey Forest steering group representative for Liverpool Council and councillor for Belle Vale, said: "This is a fantastic project which is bringing together the community in Everton and Speke. I'm looking forward to seeing the trees in the ground."
The tree planting is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund through Merseytravel and the Department of Transport.
Recycling your real Christmas tree is a great way to cut down on waste this festive season and benefit your local green spaces, too.
Used real Christmas trees can be recycled into woodchips and leaf mulch, which can be used to maintain parks and woodlands.
If you live in The Mersey Forest area - Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Warrington - you can recycle your Christmas tree in the following ways.
Cheshire West and Chester
Residents in Cheshire West and Chester should cut up their real Christmas trees and put them inside their green bins, ready for the next green bin collection date.
Residents living in Halton can take Christmas trees to household recycling centres. To find your nearest centre, visit the Halton Council website.
Christmas tree collection points are available at the following locations up until the middle of January.
• Halewood Park, Halewood
• Stadt Moers Park, Whiston
• Millbrook Park, Kirby
• Court Hey Park, Huyton
• The Holy Family Social Club, Cronton
Over the Christmas period Liverpool City Council will be establishing collection points where residents can take their real Christmas trees.
• Alderfield Road – Speke, by Millwood
• Calderstones Park – Calderstones Road car park
• Calderstones Park – Yew Tree Road car park
• Croxteth Park – Oak Lane car park
• Everton Park – Viewing Platform, Netherfield Road North
• Long Lane Recreation Ground - Garston
• Newsham Park – Gardeners Drive (Sheil Road end)
• Otterspool Carpark – the first car park
• Sefton Park – Review Field, Ullet Gate
• Stanley Park – car park
• Wavertree Park – tennis centre car park
• Woolton Road - boys club car park
Sefton Council will be providing Christmas tree collection services during January. To book a collection, please call 0845 140 0845.
Local charity Jospice will be running a Christmas tree recycling service on 3-4 January. A minimum donation fee of £5 is suggested; all proceeds will go towards the work of Jospice.
Saturday 3rd January 2015 - L21, L22 & L23 postcode areas
Sunday 4th January 2015 - L37 postcode area
To book your collection, please call 0151 932 6044.
Residents can recycle their Christmas trees by using a service provided by the St.Helens Ranger Service between 5-12 January. The service will be available at the following sites:
St Rocco's Hospice, in partnership with Warrington Council, are running a Christmas tree recycling service this year to raise funds for the charity. They will be collecting Christmas trees on 10 and 11 January, in return for a donation of your choice. To book your collection, visit their website.
St Helens residents are being given the opportunity to pick up a free tree for their garden or allotment.
The free tree giveaway will be hosted by two South St Helens pubs:
- The Griffin Inn, Bold Heath on Saturday 13 December, between 10:30 and 12:30;
- The Clockface, Clockface Road on Sunday 14 December, between 12:00 and 14:00.
The scheme is being organised by The Mersey Forest as part of the PURE HUBS project and is being supported by the national Big Tree Plant Campaign and the Woodland Trust.
Around 600 silver birch, rowan, crab apple and hazel trees will be available for residents to claim on a first come, first served basis. Residents will also be given information about how to plant and look after the trees.
Jo Sayers, Community Development Officer at The Mersey Forest, said: "This is a great opportunity for St Helens residents to brighten up their gardens or allotments with a free tree and find about more about Bold Forest Park.
"Winter is the perfect time to plant trees, which will begin to grow during the following spring."
The Mersey Forest and Cheshire West and Chester Council have been demonstrating the Wood Allotments concept at Northwich Woodlands today.
The event is part of a series of free demonstration events, supported by Forestry Commission England, to offer guidance about future support for the forestry sector that may be available.
At the demo, two allotmenteers demonstrated the safe felling of trees as part of the project, and spoke eloquently about how the project had impacted on their lives.
At Northwich Woodlands it costs a small amount a year to become a wood allotmenteer – and this includes all paperwork, health and safety training including how to cut and trim the trees using manual tools, and ongoing use of protective clothing.
Each year the management of the wood is rotated, giving trees in some places the chance to grow and others the chance to be thinned out.
The wood allotmenteers work from October to March, felling the trees in their own plot and cutting the wood into manageable sizes. They cut down approximately 20 trees a year to dry out and keep for firewood that is suitable for open fires, wood-burning stoves and kindling.
Lorraine, one of the allotmenteers said: "In the last two winters we have made new friends, rediscovered parks we have been walking through for years, and given back to our local community by helping manage the woodland for future generations."
Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "Cheshire West and Chester has some fantastic woodlands and, delivered by the Council together with The Mersey Forest, wood allotments is a great example of partnership working to sustainably manage woodlands with local people.
"We're looking forward to helping to set up wood allotments in other parts of The Mersey Forest, and would urge anybody interested in the scheme - whether they are a woodland owner or budding allotmenteer - to register their interest in the scheme today."
To find out more about wood allotments and register your interest, visit www.woodallotments.com
A project to transform Birkenhead's Ilchester Park in the Wirral into a green, well-used community space is progressing well, with the completion of several new paths.
The network of new paths connecting communities and local facilities across the park have been laid to provide easy access and to enable everyone to enjoy the park, whatever the weather or time of year.
The paths are constructed to be fully accessible and free draining.
To complement the work, wildflower meadows and spring bulbs are being planted this autumn by local school children and community play groups. Small climbing boulders have also been positioned to act as stepping stones and occasional seating around the path network.
The project will see an overall investment of around £180,000 in the park by 2015. The work is being coordinated by The Mersey Forest.
The new paths and other parts of the project are being funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust, who have contributed £67,000 to the project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This vital source of funding lets waste companies hold back part of their Landfill Tax bill and use it to support community and environmental projects.
When it started planning the improvements, The Mersey Forest undertook a significant consultation to gauge views on the plans for the project. Local people and partner organisations, including the North Birkenhead Development Trust and Wirral Council, were consulted through meetings, celebration events, questionnaires, and displays.
There was overwhelming support for the project.
Ben Greenaway, Green Streets Coordinator at The Mersey Forest, says, "It's great news that the paths are complete. They'll mean everyone will be able to enjoy the revamped park, including people using mobility scooters and wheelchairs, children with scooters and bikes, as well as parents and carers with pushchairs."
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, "I am very pleased that these improvements mean that full use of the park will be achieved, where before access was limited to a central play area. The whole community can soon enjoy a more environmentally diverse park, and engage in more incidental activities throughout the year"