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Newsletter, Winter 2012

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The Mersey Forest
Winter 2012 update What is The Mersey Forest?
In this issue
// Welcome
// £10 for every £1 invested: 2011/12 in figures
LATEST NEWS
// International climate conference in Merseyside
// Community groups celebrate health successes
// 1500 crowd shows demand for "natural play"
// Warm welcome for Cheshire volunteers
// The Big Tree Plant: 70 groups to dig in this winter
// 1000 reasons why people love their trees
// Ash dieback: region's foresters come together
// Dedicate a tree this Christmas
Welcome

The widespread media coverage of ash dieback disease has once again highlighted the huge importance that people place upon their trees and woodlands. Thankfully the disease has not been found in the wider environment in the North West as yet, and the public's desire to protect their woodlands will be an important asset in remaining vigilant (see our ash dieback Q&A for more).

 

The Independent Panel on Forestry has made clear its view that the nation needs more and better woodlands for the benefit of people, the economy and the environment. As we await the government's response to the Panel's recommendations in the New Year, we look forward to an action-packed winter here in The Mersey Forest – planting thousands of trees to transform neighbourhoods across the local area as part of The Big Tree Plant.

Paul Nolan
Director, The Mersey Forest
Pat McCloskey
Chair, The Mersey Forest Partnership
2011/12 in figures
Every £1 invested
creates £10 impact

The Mersey Forest continues to provide great value for money, especially in the current economic climate. Local authorities gained £10 worth of green projects for every £1 they invested in The Mersey Forest in 2011/12.

 

Our seven local authorities' combined annual contribution of £167,481 led to the delivery of £1.5 million of projects right here on our doorsteps thanks to the way The Mersey Forest Team levers in extra funds.

Highlights

64,000 trees planted to increase the area's tree cover.

1,585 street trees planted to brighten our neighbourhoods.

5,000 hectares of habitat managed to secure its long-term future.

Latest news
International climate conference in Merseyside

The ForeStClim project that has brought The Mersey Forest together with 20 other organisations from across Europe held its final conference in Liverpool last month.

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Community groups celebrate health successes

Nearly 40 local community groups have come together to showcase their work on improving health and wellbeing using the local environment.

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1500 crowd at Sutton Manor event shows demand for "natural play" activities

Hundreds of families descended on a sun-drenched community woodland in St.Helens this autumn for The Elf & Fairy Fair, enjoying Forest School activities, a camp fire and more.

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Warm welcome for Cheshire volunteers

Conservation volunteers are receiving a warm welcome at their county headquarters, thanks to the installation of a woodfuel boiler with help from The Mersey Forest.

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The Big Tree Plant: 70 groups to dig in this winter

Dozens more schools and community groups will be planting trees with The Mersey Forest this winter to brighten the local area as part of The Big Tree Plant campaign.

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1000 reasons why people love their trees

We asked which local woods people love and where they'd like to see more trees planted. We're feeding the public's fantastic response into the refresh of our guiding Forest Plan.

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Ash dieback: region's foresters come together

More than 120 North West based woodland professionals attended an ash dieback information meeting this week, organised by us on behalf of the Regional Forestry Forum.

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Dedicate a tree this Christmas

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? More than 15,000 trees in local community woodlands have been dedicated as gifts as part of our Dedicate a Tree project.

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