Over 1000 trees have been planted at a St.Helens college as part of a project to transform the local landscape.
The scheme at Carmel College has included pond restoration and pathworks, wildflower seeding, raised bed growing areas, and the creation of woodland areas within the grounds.
The work was carried out by St.Helens Borough Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, John McIvor at Ecolibrium and eager students from the college. It was funded by a grant of £16,000 as part of the St.Helens Landscape Fund, which is being managed by The Mersey Forest on behalf of St.Helens Council with an additional contribution coming from the college.
Linda Carr from Carmel College said: "The students in the Foundation Learning department have really enjoyed getting involved in the planting process and have gained valuable experience in caring for the environment.
"The whole college community will benefit from the changes this project will provide."
The funding for the work has come from United Utilities via the St.Helens Landscape Fund – a scheme to invest in communities affected by the construction of the West East Link Pipeline, which carries water between Prescot and Bury. It has also been supported by the National Big Tree Plant Campaign, as part of The Mersey Forest.
Brian Tollitt from United Utilities said: "We're delighted that the fund is continuing to support positive work in St Helens. It's great that the college have been able to use it to deliver their plans to improve their own environment and that this will also benefit the community which uses the footpaths running alongside the site."