Merseyside and North Cheshire will benefit from new woodland the size of 10 football pitches this winter thanks to an action-packed schedule to green more than 80 local sites across The Mersey Forest area.
The new planting will get a wide range of groups involved in their local environment, from schools to community volunteers. Bringing even more benefits, the new greenery will include 200 fruit trees to encourage healthy eating and encourage a greater appreciation of where our food comes from.
The busy winter programme shows how well-placed The Mersey Forest is to deliver The Big Tree Plant, the government's new tree planting campaign launched earlier this month.
The Big Tree Plant campaign will encourage community groups, organisations and individuals to plant and care for trees in towns, cities and residential areas across England.
£4.2 million funding will be available between 2011 and 2015 for groups to carry out tree planting projects in their area, with information on how to apply for funding available at www.direct.gov.uk/thebigtreeplant or by calling The Mersey Forest Offices on 01925 816217.