A community planting event was held in March 2022, to help plant the trees on the 1.8 hectare site.
Over 200 people turned out on the day, helping to plant a mixture of native broadleaf trees, such as oak, beech, sweet chestnut and crab apple.The woodlands have been planned to complement the existing woodland types found on the Wirral, providing wildlife that is native to the area with new habitat as the trees become established.
The Mersey Forest's Woodland Advisor worked closely with Wirral Council's Landscape Manager to design the new woodland, with glades and footpaths for recreation, through and around the new woodland. Trees have also been set back at least 30 metres from neighbouring houses.
This planting has been funded by the Trees for Climate programme and is part of Wirral Council's Hedgerow and Woodland Strategy which sets out how the Council will plant and grow over 210,000 trees by 2030, doubling Wirral's tree canopy.
The Council team also run regular action days, encouraging the local community to get out in nature and help look after and maintain the newly planted trees, to help them thrive.
Visit Wirral Council's website for more details.
One of the largest single-site tree planting schemes delivered was on ex-farmland, owned by the council, in Crewe, Cheshire.
The Mersey Forest's woodland advisor worked closely with Cheshire East Council's planning and archaeology departments to design a mixed broadleaf woodland that would complement the existing landscape.
The site has also recently secured planning permission to install a large-scale solar farm and the design of the woodland has taken account of this.
The woodland will be a long-term carbon store and is one way that Cheshire East is aiming to offset some of the emissions generated through service delivery, helping the council to meet its target of being carbon neutral by 2025.
Councillor Quentin Abel, Cheshire East Council's environment and climate change champion, said: "Working with partners enables us to take a joined-up approach to tackling the climate emergency, meaning we can draw on a wide range of existing knowledge and expertise to deliver on both our carbon neutral ambitions and the objectives set out in our environment strategy.
"Projects such as the one at Leighton Grange, with support from The Mersey Forest and the Green Task Force, means we are able to create high-quality woodland that offsets our emissions, as well as providing a range of other benefits to the natural environment, including engaging with and supporting community development."
8,147 trees were planted in total on this 7 hectare site, made up of mixed broadleaf species including oak, silver birch, field maple, and Scots pine, complementing the existing trees in the local area.
The planting was completed by the Green Task Force, a charity that uses nature-based activities to provide positive pathways for veterans through recovery, training and employment. The Green Task Force are supported by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
View the Youtube video at the top of the page to find out more about this site and see the team in action on one of the planting day.
Crystal from Faiths4Change, a local environmental charity working with communities to co-create climate change and resilience projects, ran a taster-session of our Gardening4All activities on the day I attended the gallery; one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Each session began with a short group meditation to help everyone relax and reconnect with their own mind and self.At both sessions, people really enjoyed the meditation, myself included. I, like many, had never tried any sort of meditation before, and I was surprised to find how peaceful it made me feel in such a short space of time.