Environmental charity BTCV has helped volunteers in The Mersey Forest to contribute a staggering 8,887 work days in the last 12 months to transform community green spaces and plant thousands of trees.
The volunteers' efforts equate to more than £400,000 worth of work at sites across Merseyside and Cheshire, measured at £50 per volunteer per day.
Young people, some of whom had previously not been involved in any green activity, have now taken up volunteering to improve their local environment thanks to the scheme, and more than 1,200 work days were undertaken this year by 16 to 25 year-olds.
Four people have secured employment thanks to their volunteering, after gaining vital experience as BTCV Volunteer Officers. By offering the chance to organise real projects, these voluntary positions provide a way to break the vicious of cycle of "no experience = no job = no experience" faced by so many young people.
If you would like to get involved in green volunteering in The Mersey Forest with BTCV, contact Neil McMahon (for Merseyside enquiries) at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0151 423 4433 or Pete Attwood (for Cheshire enquiries) at email@example.com or on 01244 300230.