St.Helens newsletter, Spring 2012

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The Mersey Forest
St.Helens update / Spring 2012 What is The Mersey Forest?
In this issue
// Welcome
// £275,000 investment secured
// Bold Forest Park begins to take shape
// Brand new woodland for Haydock school
// Campaigners call for "50 Mersey Forests" nationwide
// First year of Big Tree Plant surpasses targets
// New weapon in fight against climate change

We hope you enjoy this first edition of our new-look enewsletter, designed to be easier to read whether at your desk or on the move. Do let us know what you think.


Since our last update we've also revamped our website. Launched in January, we've used the new site to chronicle what has been a hectic and exciting winter of tree planting across Merseyside and North Cheshire. We hope you enjoy exploring these new resources and look forward to continuing to work together to create The Mersey Forest.

Paul Nolan
Director, The Mersey Forest
Pat McCloskey
Chair, The Mersey Forest Partnership
Securing investment
£275,000 funding
for local woodlands

The Mersey Forest has secured £275,000 Forestry Commission grant funding for the upcoming financial year to help landowners across Merseyside and North Cheshire to create and manage local woodlands - another great example of the value for money that The Mersey Forest provides to its local authority partners.

Latest local news
Bold Forest Park begins to take shape

South St.Helens is a hive of activity this spring, with community engagement, planning policy work and on-the-ground action all taking place towards the vision of developing the area's woodlands and businesses as a Forest Park.

Brand new woodland for Haydock school

Pupils from Haydock English Martyrs Catholic Primary School have helped plant a brand new woodland in their school grounds to kick off St.Helens' role in The Big Tree Plant campaign.

Forest-wide news
Campaigners call for "50 Mersey Forests" nationwide

A vision document from the national Our Forests group has called for The Mersey Forest to be replicated in 50 urban fringe areas across England and for the planting of 1 billion trees.

First year of Big Tree Plant surpasses targets

The first winter of the Big Tree Plant campaign has been a huge success in The Mersey Forest, with more than 17,600 trees planted with local schools, hospitals and community groups.

New weapon in fight against climate change

A new service developed by The University of Manchester and The Mersey Forest will provide vital information to help urban neighbourhoods avoid the potentially dangerous effects of climate change.

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