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Cheshire West and Chester newsletter
Spring 2012

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The Mersey Forest
Cheshire West and Chester update / Spring 2012 What is The Mersey Forest?
In this issue
// Welcome
// £275,000 investment secured
// Volunteers launch Rivacre Valley's bluebell comeback
// Marbury Lodge's big premiere
// 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
Volunteers launch Rivacre Valley's bluebell comeback

Local volunteers have launched a project to revive the fortunes of much-loved bluebells in the woodlands of Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve following a below par bloom last spring at the site.

Marbury Lodge's big premiere

Northwich community group the Friends of Anderton and Marbury has unveiled the latest in their long line of achievements at Marbury Country Park, a popular new visitor shelter.

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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