Exhibition showcases Birkenhead business on 170th docks anniversary

22 October 2014
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A new exhibition celebrating Birkenhead's business community is set to launch at the Williamson Art Gallery.


The exhibition, Trees • Work, features a series of photographic portraits of businesses that operate close to the historic docks and to recent tree planting locations. It features engineers, designers, mechanics, craftsmen, brewers, machinists and bus drivers.



Len Grant/The Mersey Forest 


"It's an exhibition of portraits," explains photographer and writer Len Grant, "but what the project is really about is trees. Birkenhead and Bidston has benefited over the last two years from a Mersey Forest tree-planting programme. The portraits and my accompanying interviews have been a way of engaging with the business community and investigating the impact of the trees."


Grant's four-month project has seen him photograph on shop floors, showrooms, factories and offices; and in garages, workshops and breakers' yards. His images reflect a diversity of industry and commerce that until now has gone unnoticed, unrecorded.



Len Grant/The Mersey Forest 


Ben Greenaway, Green Streets Coordinator at The Mersey Forest said "Len's exciting new work focuses on the businesses in the area we are greening with trees as part of the Wirral Green Streets programme.


"We believe that a better looking business environment will lead to the creation of more jobs in the Wirral area, helping to improve business and encourage further investment in the people and place that is this part of the Wirral. We know that around 90% of businesses stated that they would like to see more trees planted locally.


"We are working with a range of funders and partners in Birkenhead and Bidston and to encourage more people to walk and cycle to places of education, training and employment. These trees will help us adapt to climate change by shading and cooling the air, as well as filtering out pollutants and intercepting rainfall."



Len Grant/The Mersey Forest 


Trees • Work marks the 170th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for Birkenhead Docks in 1844. The exhibition runs from 24 October until 23 November.




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"Plant Killer" single plants 47 trees

20 October 2014
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A Liverpool-based singer has raised enough money to plant 47 trees through a charity fundraising event to promote her new single, "Plant Killer". 


Chanel Samson's Plant Killer was launched at an event at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool, on 12 October. The event included interpretative dance, art, and music, and a bake-sale, as well as the first showing of the single's music video.


Over the course of the evening, Samson raised £93, which will go towards the planting of 47 trees in Merseyside and North Cheshire this winter. 


Chanel said: "What started out as a love song became an environmental piece, and I'm so glad it did. Instead of just talking about how humans use more resources than we can replenish, I decided to take action.


"The release event helped to raise awareness and brought together the green community in Liverpool."


Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, who attended the launch of Plant Killer, said: "I'd like to thank Chanel on behalf of everyone at The Mersey Forest for her donation and fundraising efforts.


"The trees will be planted this winter as part of our tree-planting programmes across Merseyside and North Cheshire, and will contribute towards our ten million tree target." 


The Mersey Forest will plant one tree for every copy of Plant Killer sold. You can get your hands on your copy on iTunes.

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Liverpool Food People to hold events this week

13 October 2014
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Liverpool Food People are set to hold a range of autumnal food and environment-themed events this week. 


The series of visits and activities showcase some of the amazing growers,
producers and people working with food across the city and region.


This will be a great opportunity to learn about the Sustainable Food City Liverpool project and meet some of the people engaged in delivering it.

Tuesday 14th October
Everton and Anfield
Visit the Friends of Everton allotment space, then over to see the Jo Malone
sponsored Wellbeing garden at The Rotunda. Both are supported by and for the
local communities. Lunch at HomeBaked Anfield – a community led bakery
regenerating Anfield spirits.


Start time: 10am til approx 1pm

Wednesday 15th October
Urban Foraging with Jesper Launder and Gemma Jerome. Opportunity to find out
what's edible within the heart of the urban zone, then taste it afterwards for lunch!

Start time: 10.30 for 11am til approx 2pm

Thursday 16th October
Visit to Claremont farm on the Wirral. A family business growing seasonal delights
such as asparagus and strawberries. We will have a talk and walk by farmer
Andrew Pimbley followed by a visit to Claremont's newly opened farm shop & café.

Start time: 9.30am til approx 1pm

Friday 17th October
We are invited to view the Family Refugee Garden project in Toxteth. Not normally
open to the public, this will be a tour and talk about the way gardening can impact
positively on people's mental & physical health. Followed by a visit to the Grapes
Community Garden on Windsor Street for lunch, grown and cooked by the Grapes
community growers.


Start time: 10.30 am, community café on from 12-2pm

All places are free of charge with refreshments, transport & lunches included!

Booking is essential - please RSVP for more information and to book onto the sessions you'd like to attend.

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Last chance to vote for Glazebury Natural Play area

06 October 2014
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There's only five days left to vote for Glazebury natural play area in a bid for funding which will help The Mersey Forest to complete the project for the benefit of local children and families.


For the last two years The Mersey Forest has been working with the local community in Glazebury to establish a natural play area complete with play logs and other natural play equipment, and an edible hedge. 


If we win funding from Lloyds Banking Group, we'll be able to take the project to the next level by building a footpath to improve access to the site, and creating a growing area for everyone to use - but we won't win the funding without your help. 


Voting is easy. All you need to do is text VOTE LJV to 61119, Tweet #CommFund LJV, visit a participating branch (see below) or visit the Lloyds Banking Community Fund website.

Make sure you vote before this Friday, as votes cast after this date will not be counted. 


Participating Lloyds branches in Warrington:
Bolton Westhoughton



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The Greener Group win The Mersey Forest Green Business Award

06 October 2014
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Congratulations to The Greener Group, who scooped The Mersey Forest Green Business Award at the 11th Cheshire Business Awards on Friday night.


The Greener Group are renewable energy installers and specialise in biomass boilers and solar heating. 


The award was presented at an awards ceremony at Chester Cathedral by Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock.

Paul Nolan, Director at The Mersey Forest, said: "We were delighted to sponsor this award and offer our congratulations to The Greener Group for securing it this year."


Also shortlisted for the accolade was Adam Partridge Auctioneers and Valuers, and Total Recycling Cheshire.

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