Hundreds of people descended on Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve last weekend for a "party in the woods" to celebrate the launch of The Mersey Forest Plan.
The fun-filled event was opened by Warrington North MP Helen Jones. Activities throughout the day included willow weaving, African drumming, and bracelet and seed-bomb making, with the soundtrack to the carnival provided by solar-powered music. Local dancing group Fusion also performed in the sunshine for onlookers.
Over the past two decades The Mersey Forest Partnership, including Warrington Borough Council and neighbouring local authorities, has planted almost 9 million trees across Cheshire and Merseyside.
Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "The Mersey Forest Plan sets out a vision in which Merseyside and North Cheshire is one of the best places in the country to live.
"Last summer we asked local people to help shape The Mersey Forest Plan through a public consultation, and this 'party in the woods' was our way of saying thank you for their invaluable feedback.
"We will now focus on delivering The Mersey Forest Plan in Warrington and neighbouring authorities – boosting woodland cover and planting more trees for the benefit of people, wildlife and the economy."
"Party in the Woods" was part of Warrington Borough Council's annual Green Safari event, run jointly with Risley Moss Action Group.