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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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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Sefton coastal woodlands "highly commended" for prestigious national award

24 June 2014
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Sefton coastal woodlands have been "highly commended" for a prestigious national award.


The famous tourist attraction in Formby was recognised in the Royal Forestry Society's Woodlands for Climate Change award.


The award aims to acknowledge woodlands which have been sustainably managed in order to adapt to projected climate change scenarios.


The Mersey Forest has been involved in the management of Sefton's woodlands over the years. Woodland management efforts have been focussed on preserving the habitat for Formby's native red squirrels, and on building the woodland's resilience to climate change. 


The Forest is currently working on a European-funded project in the region, ForeStClim. The aim of the project is to inform and engage communities about the role that trees and woodlands can play in adapting to climate change. 


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