A packed workshop held in Warrington last week has discussed the benefits that trees can bring with regards to water management in urban areas.
Manchester-based researcher Professor John Handley opened the session by explaining the science behind urban watershed forestry. Trees can help reduce flood risk and improve water quality, and should form an essential part of a flood management solution.
Brian Seipp from the Center of Watershed Protection, Maryland, also gave a presentation about how this concept is already being implemented in the US, where trees play a far more strategic role in water management.
The main presentations were followed by a lively soapbox session.
The event was part of the Urban Catchment Forestry project, which The Mersey Forest is currently developing. For more information, visit the Urban Catchment Forestry project page. If it's something you'd like to be involved in, contact us on 01925 416217.