Volunteer groups and schools have benefited from 7,000 new trees to store carbon and fight climate change in 2009/10 thanks to a partnership between The Mersey Forest and Foundation.
Foundation is a climate fund for the Northwest which uses donations from businesses, individuals and other organisations to support community-based carbon reduction projects across the region.
Working with The Mersey Forest, Foundation funding of more than £10,000 has enabled tree planting and other environmental improvements at 30 sites across the Forest area, with volunteers and families involved in planting events to get the whole community involved.
Below are some highlights of the local sites that have benefited in each of our seven local authorities:
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>> Northwich visitor attraction Lion Salt Works and Whitegate's Churchwood Community Woodland.
>> Cavendish Special School and Wigg Island Local Nature Reserve.
>> With additional funding from Knowsley Council a large planting programme was undertaken with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) at community woodlands including Ten Acre Pits, Court Farm Wood, Charlottes Pagsy, Acornfield Plantation, Syders Grove, Mill Dam Wood, Rabbit Wood, Bowring Park, Bluebell Wood and Pinfold Wood. Within these 10 sites, a wide range of native broad-leaved trees were planted and new hedgerows were added.
>> Windsor Primary School, Speke's Mill Wood and Alder Wood.
>> Foundation funding has enabled new woodland to be planted with pupils at pioneering 'Forest School', Norwood Primary. Read more about this project in this article.
>> Kentmere Allotments, St. Mark's Church and Sankey Valley Park.
>> The Mersey Forest is now looking forward to this winter's planting schemes. These include Oakwood Avenue Primary School creating a 'Forest School' area, and the greening of land next to Sandy Lane Nursery.
Forest-wide, the new woodland will save more than 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
Alongside the work with Foundation, The Mersey Forest is also developing resources and training for community groups in how to manage their green spaces to best adapt to now inevitable levels of climate change that the Northwest will experience. See the foot of this story to find out more.