Press and Communications Officer wanted for Saltscape project

13 January 2015
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A part-time Press and Communications Officer is being sought to help promote the Saltscape project, which kicked off in Cheshire last year. 


The three-year project received a grant of £886,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and restore important features connected to the salt landscape in and around Northwich, Winsford, Frodsham and Middlewich.


The successful applicant will need: 


  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in a similar role
  • A solid track record of writing and coordinating press releases and building positive relationships with the media.
  • Experience developing effective communication strategies for conservation or heritage focused projects.
  • Ability to pick out the most relevant and engaging stories from a wide ranging activity programme to promote the distinctive character of a diverse landscape. 


Does it sound like this could be you? Further information about the role can be found on the Groundwork website. The closing date for applications is 9 February 2015. For an informal discussion about the role, contact Project Manager Alison Lomax on 01606 723160. Contact Louise Ashley to request an application pack on 01606 723160 or by email at






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Street trees set for Speke and Everton

16 December 2014
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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.

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Christmas tree recycling in The Mersey Forest

08 December 2014
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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. 


Collection dates:
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:


  • Mesnes Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Gaskell Park
  • Nannygoat Park
  • Sherdley Park
  • Fosters Park
  • Sutton Park
  • Taylor Park
  • Clinkham Community Woodland
  • Downall Croft Doorstep Green


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.

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Free trees giveaway at St Helens pubs

26 November 2014
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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."

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Wood demo showcases wood allotments potential

26 November 2014
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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

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