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We're hiring!

02 June 2017

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We are seeking two enthusiastic, career-minded individuals to join our team.


As our Community Forester you will be managing our Wood Allotments programme, and as our Social Forestry Officer you'll be working our major programme of tree planting and environmental education with primary school children.

You'll already have experience of successfully managing community projects and working effectively with a range of organisations.

Both posts are employed through Community Forest Trust - working as part of The Mersey Forest Team and based at Risley Moss, Warrington. There will also be opportunity for you to work across The Mersey Forest.


For further information and details how to apply please see here.


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Discover nature at Colliers Moss

05 May 2017

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 It's just thirty years since the colliery headgear came crashing down at Bold Colliery. Situated right next to a power station, this was one of the most industrial sites in the country. Now, nature has taken over and it's transformed into a tranquil green space with woods, lagoons and more.

On Sunday May 7th as part of Walk in the Woods month there's an opportunity to get the lowdown on the nature of this incredible space with our guided walk from local naturalist Tom Ferguson. The walk will focus particularly on the recent summer arrivals in the bird population and the wildflowers in bloom.

Walk details

Meet at 2pm at the Millennium Bridge (the bridge over the railway line, marked with the blue walking symbol on the map below) that separates Colliers Moss north and south. The walk will be around Colliers Moss North. 



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New opportunity for landowners in the Sankey catchment

08 March 2017

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There's a new opportunity for landowners in the Sankey Catchment. By working together we can access grants and support through the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund (CSFF)

We're looking for landowners in the area to sign up now. We need a total combined landholding of 2,000 hectares to sign up to make the Sankey Catchment area eligible
for the fund. 


If successful, we'll be able to support grant applications to help landowners improve their land - including developing natural solutions to flooding. Working together and using a 'landscape scale approach' means these grants can cover land under existing agri-environment and forestry/woodland agreements, common land and land not currently covered by a scheme.


We'll be able to directly help landowners to:

  • apply for Countryside Stewardship and other grants
  • access training to help you implement environmental proposals
  • join up with other landowners where appropriate and carry out work co-operatively
  • network with other landowners and relevant organisations

We need local landowners to register their interest as soon as they can - this is a time limited opportunity!



How do I sign up?
  • Go to the website at, add a pin to the map and leave your details
  • email your details to
  • or call the Mersey Forest office on 01925 816217



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On alert for tree health

28 February 2017

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Ash dieback
Monitoring tree health and protecting our trees, woods and forests from pests and diseases has become increasingly important.

This is because a number of exotic tree pests and diseases have entered the UK in recent decades, such as the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus which causes ash dieback and Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen known to cause sudden oak death.


Forestry Commission England's Tree Health Team is constantly battling the spread and impact of tree pests and diseases. We joined the team for a packed out event recently in Liverpool (pictured) looking at the current state of tree health and pests and some of the action being taken to reduce threats to trees. You can view all the presentations from the day. 

How to help keep trees healthy

We need people to learn more about tree diseases and the signs and symptoms. You can read about the main tree diseases and pests on the Forestry Commission website.

If you see trees that you suspect are diseased, you can report it to the Forestry Commission's Tree Health Team using the Tree Alert service

For general enquiries about tree health in relation to trees, woods and forests:


Photos: Betty Jones and Rebecca Brewer / Sarang


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Meeting Salford's remarkable anti-storm trees

07 February 2017

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Howard Street in Salford is an ordinary street of new build houses with some unusual trees – a 'living laboratory' of London Plane trees that are reducing storm water flows by up to 70%.

Last week the Mersey Forest Team accompanied officers from the Merseyside and Cheshire Mid-Mersey Flood Coast Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) and Mersey Forest Partnership to visit Howard Street and view the experimental trees. We're working on similar projects within our area and are keen to learn from the Salford experiment.


Pete Stringer from our friends at Manchester's City of Trees and Dr. James Rothwell, University of Manchester, explained how the trees are planted in a specially designed trench that aims to reduce levels of surface water and clean up pollution. The project aims to capture the impact that trees have on both cleaning polluted water from road run-off and managing levels of surface water, which can lead to flooding.


Using specialist equipment, Dr James Rothwell from The University of Manchester has been monitoring the quantity and quality of the road run-off as it enters and leaves the tree trench. The provisional results so far have shown:


  • 70% average storm peak reduction
  • 60% average water volume retention by the tree pit system
  • Up to 2 hours delay in storm waters leaving the system
  • Reduction in phosphates and some heavy metals

The project has been installed thanks to successful partnership collaboration between Manchester City of Trees, the Environment Agency, The University of Manchester, Deep Root, United Utilities, Urban Vision and Salford City Council. There's much more about the Howard Street trees on the City of Trees website.


As part of the Life+ Natural Course project we're working closely with colleagues at the City of Trees and the Rivers Trust to deliver three Urban Catchment Forestry demonstration sites that aim to show how trees and green infrastructure can be used to reduce urban flooding. A demonstration project is currently being developed with partners in St.Helens.


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