A European project focussing on woodlands and climate change is Sefton has been extended, and is set to be rolled out across The Mersey Forest.
Last year saw the completion of ForeStClim, a transnational project which brought together 21 partners with a wide range of experts from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to develop regional forestry management and forest protection strategies in the face of expected climate change scenarios.
This year, the project has been extended, and The Mersey Forest will be taking the lead in Merseyside and North Cheshire once more. This latest phase of the project will focus on spreading the word in communities about the impact of climate change and the role that trees and woodlands can play in adapting the landscape to climate change scenarios.
Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest said: "This is a timely and important project which will help communities understand the importance of trees and woodlands in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
"With rising temperatures, mild winters and warmer summers, plus flooding in Southern England, we are already seeing the impact of climate change in the UK.
"There has never been a more important time to prepare communities across The Mersey Forest for the future, particularly those people living on our coasts."