Mersey Forest team visits international forestry exhibition

19 September 2014
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Members of The Mersey Forest team attended the APF International Forestry Exhibition yesterday.


The exhibition brings together forestry professionals from all aspects of the sector to share expertise, form partnerships, and demonstrate new techniques.


Exhibitors included forestry organisations such as event organisers Confor, Forestry Commission and ICF and forestry businesses such as contractors, craftsmen and tree surgeons.


Visiting the exhibition was a fantastic opportunity for the team to scope out new partnerships within the forestry sector and explore the latest methods of managing woodlands.


The APF International Forestry Exhibition 2014 is being held at the Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, until 20 September.


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VOTE for Glazebury - and help us to help kids reconnect with nature

02 September 2014
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Glazebury Natural Play Area has been successful in the first stage of an application to receive £3000 from Lloyds Banking Community Fund.


We're delighted that the project has been shortlisted out of a total of 4,500 applications in the UK. 


If we secure the funding, we will use it to help complete the creation of a natural play area in Glazebury - complete with an edible hedge, natural play equipment and raised beds.


But now that we're on to the next stage - the public vote - we need your help to ensure that we secure the funding.


All you need to do is either text or tweet your support for Glazebury Natural Play area before Friday 10 October. It'll take seconds and will help us on our mission to reconnect Glazebury kids with nature.

You can also vote by visiting the Lloyds Banking Community Fund website, or by visiting one of the participating Lloyds branches in Warrington (see the list below). 


Why you should vote for Glazebury 
Glazebury Community Play Area is a very different kind of play space. The land has been leased from Bents Home and Garden by Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council, and the space is being created and managed in partnership with local people.


The play area has natural features such as climbing logs, wildflowers, fruit trees, a willow tunnel and den building areas, to encourage children to engage in natural play and reconnect with nature. 


Over the next few weeks, the group hope to start the construction of the main footpath onto site followed by a the creation of a growing area next season to encourage use by the whole community. We would use the grant from Lloyds Banking Community Fund to pay for this work. 


Funding for the play area so far has come from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain Landfill Communities Fund, and Big Tree Plant as part of The Mersey Forest, with additional support from Eric Wright Construction Ltd and United Utilities.


So what are you waiting for? To vote for Glazebury, text VOTE LJV to 61119, Tweet #CommFund LJV, visit a participating branch or visit the Lloyds Banking Community Fund website. 


Participating Lloyds branches in Warrington: 

Bolton Westhoughton


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Urban trees showcased in new photo exhibition

29 August 2014
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A collection of photographs which showcase urban trees in Merseyside are being exhibited in Liverpool from 17 September. 


The photographs, taken by The Mersey Forest's official photographers, Mccoy Wynne, explore the need for trees in urban areas. 


They will be exhibited at the John Stephenson Gallery at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture from 17 September to 23 October. 


Some of the photographs in the exhibition were commissioned by The Mersey Forest and funded by ForeStClim.  


You can view some of the collection on the Mccoy Wynne blog. 



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Hundreds attend community celebration at Ilchester Park

23 August 2014
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Over four hundred people descended on Ilchester Park, near St James' Centre, today to attend a community celebration in Birkenhead.


The park was transformed for the day for "Ilchester Festival", with teepees and gazebos housing activities such as face painting, drumming workshops, flower-pot planting and arts and crafts.


There were singing and dancing performances from St James Harmony Choir and Espire Morris Dancers, and attendees were also given the opportunity to take part in the street parade that passed through the park in the afternoon.


The event was opened by local MP Frank Field, who thanked the event's organisers in his opening speech for their support: "Well done for beginning to form a new community in Birkenhead."


The event was organised by The Mersey Forest and North Birkenhead Development Trust, and was held to celebrate the transformation of Ilchester Park, a former housing demolition site, into a natural play area. This work is ongoing and is being funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund. It also celebrated local creativity through the street parade, which was put together by local businesses, community groups and residents.


The event follows weeks of natural play sessions organised by local charity Play Out, with the aim of reconnecting children with their local green spaces.


Local mother Emma said: "This is a fantastic event. My little girl has made a headdress and we've made a flowerpot for our garden, and it was all free!"


Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "It was fantastic to see so many families enjoying themselves during Ilchester Festival today.


"We hope that the changes taking place at Ilchester Park over the coming months will have a lasting impact on the local community and encourage people to take ownership of the park."


The Mersey Forest is set to continue transforming Ilchester Park into a space where children can reconnect with nature. The completed site will feature wildflower meadows, improved pathways, and natural play equipment.


Paul Taylor, Executive Director at The Veolia Environmental Trust added: "We look forward to seeing the transformation of Ilchester Park. It is wonderful to see Landfill Communities Fund money being used in this way."

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Family fun day to be held in Ilchester Park, Birkenhead

13 August 2014
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Birkenhead residents are being invited to a family fun day at Ilchester Park, Birkenhead, on Saturday 23 August between 12-4.


Ilchester Festival will include activities for all of the family such as learning how to face paint, football and sports coaching, a climbing wall, jewellery-making and craft stalls.


The event will also feature singing and dancing performances and a street parade organised by North Birkenhead Development Trust, to which many local organisations and members of the community have contributed.


The festival will be opened by Birkenhead MP Frank Field.


Ilchester Festival is being held to celebrate the improvements taking place at Ilchester Park, which is being transformed as part of a project funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust. A grant from the Trust totalling £67,055 is being used to provide new pathways, trees, wildflower meadows and natural play equipment at the park.


The event has been preceded by weeks of activities with local children, run by local charity Play Out and organised by The Mersey Forest, to help kids reconnect with nature and take ownership of local parks.


Sarah Morton, Urban Forestry Project Officer at The Mersey Forest, said: "We're holding Ilchester Festival to celebrate the transformation of one of Birkenhead's least loved green spaces into a place where children can benefit from natural play in an urban area.


"We hope that the event, coupled with the consultation events we have held in Birkenhead during the development of this project, will leave a lasting legacy in this neighbourhood."


The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds: "Urban green spaces like this play a vital role in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds, with them providing a place where they can relax, reflect, play and enjoy nature. It is one of our priorities to help projects protect and improve them and I look forward to seeing this project complete."




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