Mersey Forest Plan "highly commended" in 2014 Planning Awards

19 November 2014
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The Mersey Forest Plan has been "highly commended" in the national Planning Awards. 


It was recognised in the Award for Planning for the Environment category, alongside winners NJL Consulting and Lymington Harbour Commissioners. 


The commendation is the latest in a series of planning accolades that The Mersey Forest Plan has picked up this year.


The Plan, which sets out a blueprint for a greener, well-wooded Merseyside and North Cheshire, won the North West RTPI Planning Innovation Award earlier this year. It was also shortlisted for a national RTPI award, in the Natural and Built Heritage category.


Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "The Mersey Forest Plan is a great achievement for the team and wider partnership. We're delighted that its robust methodology has been recognised by the planning sector." 


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Chalara fraxinea: An update

18 November 2014
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If you cast your mind back to 2012, you may remember ash dieback disease, which was identified as an unprecedented threat to the nation's ash trees. 


Ash dieback disease - or chalara fraxinea - is a fungus which causes leaf loss and crown dieback in ash trees. Since the discovery of infected trees in South East England in 2012, cases have been identified across the country. 


Forestry Commission has taken the lead in the fight against chalara. It is currently monitoring the progress of the disease in the UK, and is also conducting trials to identify whether certain ash trees could be resistant to chalara. The organisation has also produced an interactive map, which displays the location of known infection areas in the UK. 


At the time of writing (18/11/2014), no evidence of the disease has been found in The Mersey Forest area, which covers Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St.Helens, and Warrington.


We'll continue to keep you updated as to the status of ash dieback in Merseyside and North Cheshire. Interested parties, such as landowners with ash trees in their woodlands, can attend the North West Forest Forum event on 10 December for further information. Additional information can be found on the Forestry Commission website


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The Mersey Forest to hold woodland grants events

18 November 2014
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The Mersey Forest is holding a series of events to enable landowners to discuss future woodland grants funding.

A new range of grants will become available in 2015 to support businesses and land managers across Cheshire and Warrington. There will be opportunities to bid for funding for projects that may enhance productivity and create new jobs.


Whilst this type of funding has been available in the past, the woodland and forestry sector priorities have not always been well supported. The Mersey Forest would like to develop a clear case that would support investment in the woodland and forestry sector over the next five years.


If you're involved in the sector - for example, as the owner of a woodland, or as somebody who owns a forestry-related business - we'd love your input.


We've organised three discussion events in Cheshire and Warrington. The events will be short, provide you with background information, give the opportunity to discuss your ideas and, hopefully, develop some clear priorities with others at the meeting.


• 25th Nov, 17.30-19.30 - Reaseheath College, Nantwich Book here
• 27th Nov, 17.30-19.30 - Risley Moss, Warrington Book here
• 28th Nov, 14.00-16.00 - Delamere Forest education centre Book here 


The events are free, but please ensure that you register by using the booking links above, as places are limited. An agenda is included on each booking page. 

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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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