Last November saw the launch of the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People
and now community groups within The Mersey Forest will help to put the Charter into practice through a series of events to boost our local woodland culture.
Funded by the Big Lottery's Award's for All
, the events aim to encourage local people to access and help manage their local woodlands for the purposes of health, education and environmental stewardship.
9 million trees have been planted over the last 25 years within The Mersey Forest. These trees are flourishing into a maturing forest and providing a new resource for local communities, many of which are facing increasing health and economic inequalities.
The Charter aims to place trees and woods back at the heart of our lives and communities, redefining the relationship between people and trees. Our events and activities will put that into practice. They include:
- Family Forest School
- Woodland management days
- Nature observation walks
- Family friendly celebration of the woods event.
The grant will also provide The Mersey Forest with an opportunity to consult with communities within the forest on how to implement the new Forest Charter and will facilitate an educational conference aimed at community leaders which will highlight the potential of the maturing forest and foster support for its ongoing development.
Our first 'Forest Charter' event will be a community tree planting event at the Countess of Chester Country Park on Sat 24th March 11am – 3pm.