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Widnes and Runcorn are urban areas, but are becoming greener with the planting of street trees. Outside of the towns there are growing areas of woodlands, with the western end of the Upper Mersey Valley Forest Park lying within Halton.

There are some of the greenest motorways in the country – spot the green infrastructure lining the route next time you drive through Halton! 


Where can I visit?

Murdishaw Valley is lined with ancient semi-natural woodland surrounded by species rich grassland, broadleaved woodland and includes five ponds. Visit in the Spring and see one of the best display of bluebells anywhere in The Mersey Forest.


Pickerings Pasture Local Nature Reserve is a Green Flag Award winning Local Nature Reserve with acres of wild flower meadows and a fabulous view across the upper Mersey estuary. It is a peaceful place to enjoy picnics and watch the abundant wildlife.


Lewis Carroll Wood was created by the Woodland Trust to commemorate the life and work of the much-loved Cheshire author Lewis Carroll. It includes a 'Millennium Feature' comprising a circular stand of six oaks and a stone tablet featuring Carroll's signature.


See more woodlands and walks in this area




What's been happening recently?

Halton kids have been benefiting from learning in Forest Schools. We've also played a role in making improvements to woodland in Victoria Park, Widnes.


Read all the latest news about our work in Halton.


What are the plans for the future?

View The Mersey Forest Plan summary for this area


What can I do to help locally?

In Halton, The Mersey Forest works with a Friends of the woodland group who are always keen to welcome new faces to help care for local woodlands:


Runcorn – Murdishaw Valley Friends Group


Contact us for more details.


Become a supporter of The Mersey Forest

A great way to help us prove that people value their local woodlands is to add your name to our list of supporters. You can also receive news, events and goodies with our optional e-newsletter..



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