Members of Lane Tennis Club at Widnes Tennis Academy turned out in force last weekend to plant a new hedgerow to kick off ambitious plans to create a whole new woodland at the site over the next 12 months.
"Tennis Woods" will be planted on an overgrown area of the Tennis Academy's grounds, and will be open to the whole community – from hosting outdoor Forest School lessons with local pupils to help them re-connect with nature, to being a welcoming place where families can relax and play.
The Tennis Academy is always keen to increase its membership and hopes that the new woodland, located in a predominantly urban area, will attract local families who will then go on to use all of the facilities on site.
The boundary hedgerow planting by 19 members, directors and staff of the club was supported by The Mersey Forest through the national Big Tree Plant campaign and by the Woodland Trust. The funding for the main woodland project was secured by The Mersey Forest from local chemicals manufacturer INEOS ChlorVinyls as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Next steps will see footpaths and seating installed over the summer, with wildflower seed sowing to take place in autumn, and the woodland's trees to be planted in December 2012.