Knowsley Council, in partnership with local volunteers, 'friends' and community groups, and with support from The Mersey Forest Team, are continuing an intensive programme of revitalising Knowsley's community woodlands – benefitting the public and local wildlife alike, and helping to deliver the long-term Mersey Forest Plan.
A major improvement programme across Knowsley's woodlands and green spaces culminated in celebration events at Woolfall Heath Meadow (Huyton) and Court Farm Woods (Halewood).
Local communities came together to mark the completion of works funded by a range of bodies, including Big Lottery Fund 'Community Spaces', Cory Environmental Trust in Britain, Forestry Commission and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Cllr. Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure Community and Culture, stated: "The achievements of our communities, with support from Knowsley Council, The Mersey Forest and specialist bodies, such as 2020 Knowsley Landscape Architects, in re-invigorating their local community woodlands and public open spaces during 2012 and 13 has been amazing to witness. Sites that were previously 'no go zones' are now hubs for social activities, recreation and access to nature by all of the community!"
Work is continuing, with a new programme of woodland restoration works getting underway this autumn and winter, with support from The Mersey Forest and The Forestry Commission.
This includes major woodland management and infrastructure improvements in Stadt Moers Park 'Tushingham Quadrant' (Whiston) and Carr Lane Woods (Prescot), as well as woodland thinning in Old Rough (Kirkby), Spring Wood (Huyton) and significantly, the Knowsley Expressway.
Partnerships with Myerscough College, Millhouse Training and other providers will help
to manage woodlands, such as Clint East Wood and Syders Grove in Knowsley Village, through their arboricultural training activity. Funding has also been secured from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain by the Friends of Stockbridge Village for the development of a fishing pond in Little Wood, Stockbridge Village. This work will be completed before Christmas 2013.
To find out more about Knowsley's community woodlands, visit www.knowsley.gov.uk 'Things to see and do!' or www.visitwoods.org.uk. Alternatively, contact Philip Hurst, Green Space Development Officer, Tel: 0151 443 2482, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.