The Mersey Forest has secured more than £25,000 in funding in 2009/2010 for education, arts and sustainability projects in Halton. The projects were funded through the Landfill Communities Fund by Runcorn-based chemical manufacturer INEOS ChlorVinyls.
The projects will benefit many different groups within the local community, and include the following success stories:
Castlefields schoolchildren are swapping stuffy classrooms for the magical sights and sounds of the woods thanks to a new outdoor education zone at Phoenix Park (pictured), which pupils themselves helped design.
Working with artist Angela Sidwell, children from Astmoor Primary, St Augustine's Catholic Primary and The Park Primary schools collaborated to create a mystical fairy village in the park's woodlands where children can meet to hear tales around a sculpted 'story pole'.
Volunteers and local schools are leading an eco-friendly revolution at Norton Priory - with traditional building skills being re-learned to provide a green future.
To complement last year's construction of a straw bale eco-building at the Priory, volunteers have now unveiled a seating area created entirely from cob - a traditional and green method of building using clay, sand and straw mixed together with water.
Pupils from Astmoor Primary and St.Augustine's Catholic Primary joined Norton Priory volunteers and staff to train in the ancient techniques and create the new seating to welcome visitors.
Visitors exploring Runcorn's Wigg Island Community Park can now look forward to a musical twist thanks to the creativity of local school children and volunteers.
Working with artist Angela Sidwell and the site's rangers, the groups have unveiled an art project made up of leaf-shaped wind chimes suspended in the tree tops along one of the nature reserve's most popular woodland trails.