Two green jobs up for grabs at Groundwork Cheshire

29 July 2014
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Groundwork Cheshire are looking for two talented people to help deliver the Saltscape Landscape Project, which has recently won funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 


Saltscape, which The Mersey Forest will be involved in delivering, is a heritage project in Northwich, Winsford, Middlewich and Frodsham. Over the next 3 years, the project aims to conserve and restore important features connected to the area's landscape, increase awareness and appreciation of the special qualities of this unique area, promote new opportunities for people to access, enjoy and learn about the salt heritage of the area, and develop training programmes for the local community to develop their heritage skills.


To help make this happen, a Project Officer and Project Manager are being sought by Groundwork Cheshire. 


Project Manager
Salary £25,000 to £28,000 (with terminal bonus)
3 year fixed term
37.5 hrs/week

You will be the lead responsible officer within the project team for the preparation, management, monitoring and evaluation of a 3 year work programme to deliver the Landscape Partnership scheme – providing regular reports on progress and key issues to the Project Board and Heritage Lottery Fund as required. You will coordinate the activities of the project officer and the various delivery partners to ensure the successful completion of agreed outputs within the approved timescale and budgets.

You will be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and experience of environmental/heritage issues alongside a clear understanding of local distinctiveness and reinforcement of the sense of place as a valued link in people's lives.

Project Officer
Salary £22,000 to £26,000 (with terminal bonus)
3 year fixed term
37.5 hrs/week


You will be work closely with the Project Manager, local groups and schools and project partners to deliver and help coordinate the projects within the scheme. The project activity has been designed to increase understanding and ownership of the local landscape, heritage and wildlife.


You will have experience of successfully co-ordinating or managing community, heritage based and education projects and working effectively with a range of organisations. You will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of countryside access and interpretation issues and current natural and man-made heritage issues that are relevant to the scheme.

To apply for either of this roles, please contact Louise Ashley on 01606 723160 or email Full job descriptions can be found on


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Urban Watershed Forestry meeting discusses trees and flood risk

15 July 2014
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A packed workshop held in Warrington last week has discussed the benefits that trees can bring with regards to water management in urban areas.


Manchester-based researcher Professor John Handley opened the session by explaining the science behind urban watershed forestry. Trees can help reduce flood risk and improve water quality, and should form an essential part of a flood management solution. 


Brian Seipp from the Center of Watershed Protection, Maryland, also gave a presentation about how this concept is already being implemented in the US, where trees play a far more strategic role in water management. 


The main presentations were followed by a lively soapbox session. 

The event was part of the Urban Watershed Forestry project, which The Mersey Forest is currently developing. For more information, visit the Urban Watershed Forestry project page. If it's something you'd like to be involved in, contact us on 01925 416217.





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Case study shows impact of landscape fund

04 July 2014
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 A new case study, released by The Mersey Forest today, shows the impact of the St.Helens Landscape Fund project on St.Helens' woodlands and green space. 


The St.Helens Landscape Fund was a Section 106 contribution provided by United Utilities as a result of the construction of the West East Link pipeline, which runs between Prescot and Bury. 


The fund has been managed by The Mersey Forest and has funded 25 greening projects in St.Helens. 


The case study demonstrates how this project has transformed a large area of the borough. To read it, click on the link below. 


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Big Tree Plant - new season

03 July 2014
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We're now taking applications from community groups for tree planting schemes as part of Big Tree Plant for the 2014-15 season. 


We've worked with hundreds of community groups since the beginning of our Big Tree Plant project three years ago, planting over 45,000 trees in Merseyside and North Cheshire. We're looking forward to planting even more trees this tree-planting season, which starts in October. 


For more information about the national Big Tree Plant programme, visit this information page on the Forestry Commission website.

To register your interest in The Mersey Forest's Big Tree Plant programme, email 

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Green infrastructure conference draws a crowd at #IFB2014

30 June 2014
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IFB Conference, Liverpool 2014-06-27 018

Over 100 delegates attended the Setting the Scene for Growth: Creating Investible Places conference on 27 June. 


The event explored how well-maintained green spaces, woodlands and parks can lead to investment, jobs and growth. 


The event was part of the International Festival for Business 2014, which is taking place in Liverpool throughout June and July. 


Speakers included Richard Mawdsley from Peel Holdings, Tom Armour of Arup, Chris Baines, of Chris Baines Associates Ltd, Anna Scott-Marshall of RIBA, Dave Anderson of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Hugh Ellis of TCPA and Paul Nolan from The Mersey Forest. Cllr Claire Glare of Liverpool City Council welcomed the delegates to the conference.


The main presentations focussed on the benefits that good-quality green infrastructure deliver. A key message was that natural systems should be embedded as an equal partner with other forms of infrastructure, and that green infrastructure is essential, not a bolt-on. 


A lively Q&A session followed the presentations.

Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "It was great to see so many delegates at the event. They came from a range of sectors and in some cases travelled from across the country to attend. 


"We hope that the conference was useful in conveying a vital message: that in order to ensure prosperity and economic resilience in the future, we need to invest in our natural environment today."






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