This year we've helped to make St.Helens a greener place by channelling funding from the St.Helens Landscape Fund into environmental projects across the borough.
Around £210,000 has been provided by United Utilities as a result of the construction of the West East Link Pipeline in St.Helens. The money, administered by the Mersey Forest, has levered in additional funding at a ratio of greater than 2:1 by attracting private landowner contributions, Forestry Commission funding and other grant providing agencies.
Highlights have included work with Legh Vale Primary School, in Haydock, to help them transform areas of their school grounds into a sustainable garden, complete with planting beds for vegetables and plants, a greenhouse, and the creation of a new woodland walk.
Billinge Chapel End Primary and Nursery School have also received funding to create a new orchard, manage their ponds, plant new hedgerows and construct a new vegetable growing area. A large amount of the work at both schools has been carried out by the St.Helens Chamber and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) overseen by John McIvor from Ecolibrium, environmental education consultants.
Current projects include woodland management work at Le Chateau and Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club, where thinning works and under-planting have taken place this winter to improve the quality and biodiversity of the woodland. This work is being part-funded by the Forestry Commission, land owner contributions and the St.Helens Landscape Fund.
For more information about the fund, visit the St.Helens Landscape Fund website.