Over the past five years, The Mersey Forest has delivered a £1 million boost to local woodlands in Cheshire and Merseyside.
The Forestry Commission has helped The Mersey Forest achieve its goals by providing funding through its English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) to organisations such as local authorities to help plant trees, manage existing areas of woodland, boost access to areas of woodland by creating footpaths and improve wildlife.
Below are some highlights of the ways in which the money secured by The Mersey Forest from the EWGS has been put to use in each of our seven local authorities:
Cheshire West and Chester
>> more than two kilometres of new footpaths created, including a 550 metre multi-use footpath in Stanney Woods.
>> more than one hectare of new woodland created at Daresbury Local Nature Reserve.
>> 30 hectares of thinning and invasive species removal carried out at Halewood Park.
>> more than five hectares of new woodland created.
>> one and a half hectares of new woodland created at Deansgate Lane Playing Fields, in Formby.
>> three hectares of short-rotation coppice plantation created at Stanley Bank Triangle.
>> essential thinning work and hedgerow management carried out at Burtonwood Nature Park.
Keith Jones, Forestry Commission North West regional director, said: "The Forestry Commission provides funding through the English Woodland Grant Scheme to help improve the region's existing forests and also to help others to create new areas of much needed woodland.
"The North West is one of England's least wooded areas and so it is really important that we help fantastic projects like The Mersey Forest give a boost to our region's woodlands.
"This milestone reached by The Mersey Forest is an excellent example of how a partner can help Government deliver and create high quality woodlands for the benefit of local people and wildlife."
Chris McGloin, of The Mersey Forest, said: "The investment by the Forestry Commission demonstrates that there are still opportunities out there to help contribute to sustainable woodland management, not only for direct public benefit, but also for wildlife and conservation.
"Research shows that investment in woodlands has a huge economic value, from keeping people fit and healthy by providing places to relax and exercise, to improving the image of our towns and cities."
For information on the types of grant that may be available to create a new woodland or for the stewardship of existing woodlands visit www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland-grants or contact The Mersey Forest Offices on 01925 816217.