Halton newsletter, Autumn 2014

The Mersey Forest
Halton update / Autumn 2014 What is The Mersey Forest?
In this issue
// Welcome
// £6 for every £1 invested: 2013/14 in figures
// World-leading Forest Schools study carried out in Halton schools
// Bee hotel boosts biodiversity in Runcorn
// Runcorn East station in bloom
// Urban Forestry Workshop discusses trees and flood risk
// Woodland vision wins top planning award
// New season for Big Tree Plant

It's been a busy 2014 for The Mersey Forest team, and as autumn approaches, we're looking forward to an action-packed tree planting season and New Year.


In January we launched our guiding strategic document, The Mersey Forest Plan. The development of the Plan, which is recognised as a legal consideration by the government, brought together people from across our broad and diverse partnership to form a shared vision of greener, well-wooded Merseyside and North Cheshire. Its launch coincided with the Forest passing its nine-millionth tree mark - a key achievement for The Mersey Forest Partnership.


It's also been great to see the work of the partnership recognised at an international and national level this year with awards and commendations for the Forest Plan, our work in woodland management and community engagement, and with Mersey Forest team member Susannah Gill awarded European Young Forester of the Year.


We also recognise that resources for projects and programmes remains tight or is getting tighter. The Partnership continues to look for ways to broaden our funding base and continue the work to get "more from trees".

Cllr Ron Hignett
Member for The Mersey Forest, Halton Council
Pat McCloskey
Chair, The Mersey Forest Partnership
2013/14 in figures
Every £1 invested
creates £6 impact

The Mersey Forest continues to provide great value for money. Local authorities gained £6 worth of green projects for every £1 they invested in The Mersey Forest in 2013/14.


The local authorities' combined annual contribution of £167,481 led to the delivery of £1.7 million of projects right here on our doorsteps thanks to the way The Mersey Forest Team levers in extra funds.

Halton highlights

1622 trees planted in Halton to increase the area's tree cover

114 events held in Halton as part of The Mersey Forest's activities

696 people involved in The Mersey Forest's work in Halton

Latest local news
World-leading Forest Schools study carried out in Halton schools

A study conducted by The Mersey Forest team at four Halton schools has found that Forest School sessions improve levels of physical activity in children.

Bee hotel boosts biodiversity in Runcorn

A project to create a thriving habitat for Halton's bees has been completed at Norton Priory in Runcorn.

Runcorn East station in bloom

Runcorn East station has been given a green boost after volunteers and pupils from local schools helped to make improvements.

Forest-wide news
Urban Forestry Workshop discusses trees and flood risk

A workshop has discussed the benefits that trees can bring with regards to water management in urban areas.

Woodland vision wins top planning award

The Mersey Forest Plan has been hailed as the most innovative planning achievement in the North West of 2014 by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

New season for Big Tree Plant

The Mersey Forest is now taking applications from community groups for tree planting schemes during the 2014-15 season as part of Big Tree Plant.

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