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St.Helens e-newsletter, Winter 2013



The Mersey Forest
St.Helens update / Winter 2013 What is The Mersey Forest?
In this issue
// Welcome
// £13 for every £1 invested: 2012/13 in figures
LOCAL NEWS
// The Mersey Forest's Access to Nature project scoops award
// Eccleston aims for LNR status
// New volunteers from Mind, the Deafness Resource Centre and Addaction
FOREST-WIDE NEWS
// Over 6,500 people dig in to green their communities
// The Mersey Forest helps to inform Africa project
// Wood allotments website to be launched
// Community Forests and Planning - baseline review launched
Welcome

Following our three-month public consultation on the refreshed Mersey Forest Plan in the spring, we have spent the summer incorporating comments from the public, community groups, businesses and policymakers into the Plan. The final draft is now being approved by our core local authority partners.

 

The government-approved Forest Plan sets out a comprehensive vision in which Merseyside and North Cheshire is one of the best places in the country to work and live. This vision is shared across our entire partnership and belongs to all of us, whether you're a parent raising your children in The Mersey Forest or an entrepreneur investing in Merseyside's economy.

 

The final version of The Mersey Forest Plan will soon be complete and will be officially launched in 2014. In the meantime, as the new tree-planting season approaches, we look forward to continuing to working in partnership to get more from trees.

Cllr Anthony Johnson
Member for The Mersey Forest, St.Helens Council

Pat McCloskey
Chair, The Mersey Forest Partnership
2012/13 in figures
Every £1 invested
creates £13 impact

The Mersey Forest continues to provide great value for money. Local authorities gained £13 worth of green projects for every £1 they invested in The Mersey Forest in 2012/13.

 

The local authorities' combined annual contribution of £167,481 led to the delivery of £2.5million of projects right here on our doorsteps thanks to the way The Mersey Forest Team levers in extra funds.

St.Helens highlights

3,163 trees planted in St.Helens, increasing the area's tree cover

226m of new hedgerow planted, providing a vital habitat for wildlife

21ha of habitat restored, improving St.Helens' green spaces

Latest local news
The Mersey Forest's Access to Nature project scoops award

The Mersey Forest's Access to Nature project has won the Be Active in our World Award in the 2013 Echo Environment Awards.

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Eccleston aims for LNR status

Volunteers and local organisations have begun work to improve a woodland and neighbouring wetland in Eccleston in a bid to have them recognised as an official Local Nature Reserve.

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New volunteers from Mind, the Deafness Resource Centre and Addaction

Local people with mental health issues have been benefiting from the outdoors at Griffin Wood.

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Forest-wide news
Over 6,500 people dig in to green their communities

A big thank you to the thousands of people who have helped us plant trees this year as part of the Big Tree Plant.

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The Mersey Forest helps to inform Africa project

An approach developed by The Mersey Forest is being used to inform how African cities can better plan their green infrastructure, to help them to adapt to climate change.

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Wood allotments website to be launched

Following the successful pilot of the wood allotments project in Cheshire, The Mersey Forest is set to launch a new wood allotments website to further promote the concept.

Read more...
Community Forests and Planning - baseline review launched

A baseline review of the Community Forests and their relationship with the planning process has been published by The Mersey Forest.

Read more...
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