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Hundreds descend on Ilchester Park for a picnic-themed community festival

18 June 2013

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Hundreds of people turned out to have a picnic in the park in Birkenhead last weekend to celebrate the planting of almost 400 street trees in the local neighbourhood.

 

Ilchester Park was transformed for the day, with circus tops and teepees housing dozens of activities, including face-painting, mountain biking skills and African drumming.

 

Families had picnics on the grass, made their own pot plants, and rode on a smoothie bike.

 

 

"The event was really well thought out, with tonnes to get involved with - and completely free! My little boy is made up with his potted plant containing strawberries."

 

"This is just what the kids need - something to do. I've never seen the local kids so happy! I've seen kids making craft flowers for their mums." 

 

Local residents

 

 

An exhibitor at the event, Lisa, said: "I had such a wonderful day and met so many lovely families."

 

The event was opened by the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell, and was attended by local councillors. It was organised by The Mersey Forest as part of the Wirral Green Streets project in order to celebrate the planting of almost 400 trees in Birkenhead over the last year.

 

The Mersey Forest is set to plant around 800 more trees over the next two years as part of this project, and part of the day was focussed around asking local residents about where they would like to see more trees in Birkenhead.

 

The event was funded by Merseytravel, through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; Wirral Council; and by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) through the Forestry Commission's Newlands programme.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds descend on Ilchester Park for picnic-themed event
18 June 2013
Hundreds of people turned out to have a picnic in the park in Birkenhead last weekend to celebrate the planting of almost 400 street trees in the local neighbourhood.
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