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2019 in The Mersey Forest

09 January 2019

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View over Colliers Moss
2019 is a big year for the environment – and a special one for The Mersey Forest.
The government has named 2019 as the Year of Green Action – and as part of that, Nature Connected, the Liverpool Nature Partnership, is planning a Year of Action for the Environment.

2019 will be a year of green action across Liverpool City Region where people from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to be involved in projects that improve the natural world. The aim is to leave a better environment for the next generation to inherit and make our area one of the best places in the country to live, work and flourish.

What's more, 2019 marks the 25th birthday for the first trees planted as part of The Mersey Forest. Our plan and organisation is 25 years old, and we'll be doing lots to mark the occasion later in the year.

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A Liverpool City Region Year of Environment 2019 website has been created to act as a hub for activities/events and communication throughout the year.

Our celebrations kick off with a big community tree planting event at the Countess of Chester Country Park on Saturday 2 March 11-2pm.

2019 is a great year to discover The Mersey Forest!

Discover the Forest

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Thousands more trees to be planted with schools across England

29 November 2018

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Rivington Primary School Tree Week_small
The Trees For Learning Programme is about to enter its third planting season with Community Forests all over England set to plant thousands more trees with primary school children. 
Funded by Defra, and delivered in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the scheme is part of a programme to support schools to plant 1 million trees by 2020.  
The need to plant more trees on a global scale was made apparent earlier this year following the publication of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which urged countries to plant trees in their billions.
Over the summer and autumn, Trees for Learning Project Officers all over the country have been supporting schools to carry out maintenance on areas planted in previous seasons, as well as follow up classroom based work and curriculum-focused activities with pupils.  Now the season has changed once more and the business of planting has begun in earnest.
During Tree Week staff from City of Trees in Manchester will be donning their thermals and running planting sessions with schools in Salford and Bury. The Mersey Forest team will be planting in Victoria Park, St Helen's and Prince's Park Liverpool.  Officers from the Forest of Marston Vale in Bedfordshire ran Tree Walks to coincide with England's first ever Tree Charter Day last Saturday and will be planting trees with children with special needs as well as getting ready for their Christmas tree festival. And that's just the first week of the season! 

Tree planting will gather momentum throughout the winter months as more and more schools throughout England work together to reach the project's target to plant 164 000 trees by 2020.  
To find out what all of the Community Forests have been up to on their Trees for Learning schemes follow @Trees4Learning.

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Mersey Forest twins with African initiative in drive to plant more trees locally and globally

29 November 2018

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Planting seedlings - The Kilimanjaro Project
The Mersey Forest has joined forces with the Kilimanjaro Project in an effort to drive forward increased tree planting both at home and across Tanzania.

Trees and woodlands play a crucial role in supporting wildlife, improving our health and wellbeing and tackling climate change. Large scale reforestation all around the world is essential if we are to meet the target of limiting global warming to under 1.5 degrees celsius.

Both initiatives have similar aims. The Mersey Forest has an ambitious plan to increase woodland cover in the area to 12%, planting more than 10 million new trees over the next 25 years. These will add to the 9 million planted to date, many of which are now developing into community woodlands that are visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. As part of the new tree planting season, work is now underway to plant thousands more new trees across Merseyside and North Cheshire.

The Kilimanjaro Project is an environmental and social impact initiative with the vision to plant more than 50 million trees on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and across Tanzania, inspired by the founding president of Tanzania.

The Mersey Forest Partnership will be supporting colleagues working on The Kilimanjaro Project to promote more tree planting, twinning of projects and working jointly to secure new resources enable more tree planting in both Forests.

Mersey Forest Steering Group member Cllr Matt Bryan said:

"The Mersey Forest has been a successful Partnership, planting millions of new trees that provide lots of benefits for people, wildlife and the economy. We still have a huge job to do to deliver our ambitious local plans for Mersey Forest, but we also recognise that we are part of a global movement to protect and enhance woodlands and to mitigate climate change. Working with the Kilimanjaro project is a great way to highlight the role that we all need to play, working locally and globally."

Sarah Scott, founder of The Kilimanjaro Project said,

"We love creating dynamic active partnerships and our vision is to start sister forests with other organisations across the world.  We're honoured to partner with Mersey forest as our inaugural sister forest and will hopefully start to set a trend, creating a rumble from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to be heard around the world.  'Tuje Pamoja' – Swahili for 'let us come together' - the only way we can protect our planet for future generations is if we do it together."


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Tree planting season kicks off with weekend of action

26 November 2018

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Tree week
Tree planting season is here – and we celebrated with a weekend of action with tree planting events in communities in Liverpool and Ellesmere Port.

There's a new sense of urgency to this year's season since the recent IPCC report on climate change warned that we need a huge expansion of tree planting to help meet the target of preventing warming increasing above 1.5 degrees.

On Saturday we kicked off National Tree Week by helping the community plant the new 'Tiber Forest' at the Greenhaus Project, Tiber site, Lodge Lane in Liverpool:
And we celebrated Tree Charter Day in Westminster Park, Ellesmere Port:

On Sunday we joined Chester West and Chester Council and Garden Quarter Community to plant bulbs and trees around Wenlock Lane Play Area in Ellesmere Port.

Earlier in the week we helped two Ellesmere Port schools – St Saviour's RC Primary & Our Lady Star of the Sea – plant over 300 trees. Here's a fantastic video of some of the pupils in action!

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Major rivers conference to feature our natural flood management work in St Helens

08 November 2018

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Fir Tree Farm
A major conference with the theme of 'River Restoration in Practice' takes place in Liverpool next spring – with delegates from around the country set to see the work we've delivered with partners in Blackbrook, St Helens.

The conference is organised by the River Restoration Centre (RRC), the country's 'expert information and advice' centre for all aspects of best-practice river restoration and catchment management. The Annual Network Conference brings together professionals from all areas of river restoration including contractors, engineers, consultants, academics, and representatives from trusts, local organisations, and government agencies.

Blackbrook in St Helens has flooded three times since 2000 – with the last event on Boxing Day 2015 (Storm Eva). Blackbrook has a 5% chance of flooding in any given year, with 18 properties at flood risk including three businesses and a major trunk A-road.

Four engineered log dams have been installed to help reduce flood risk. These are natural dams made from tree trunks, back-pinned and encased in spilled living willow. They are designed to allow water to pass in low flow, but in flooding conditions temporary hold back and store flood water that would otherwise travel downstream.

Together, all the dams installed back-up the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pools volume, around 2,500m3 or 2,500,000 litres! This is just the beginning though – further funding is being sought to implement a catchment-scale Natural Flood Management Plan which will include deculverting part of the Black Brook and creating a flood relief wetland.

A visit to the Blackbrook site will form part of the programme of the conference.

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