Halton, Knowsley and Sefton landowners are receiving expert training and advice to put them 'ahead of the game' on the economic value of having woodland on their land and its use as a secure source of fuel.
The Mersey Forest's Woodland Advisory Service began this summer and will run until March 2012 as part of the Mersey Rural Leader programme to assist and encourage growth in rural business.
One-to-one support will be provided to dozens of landowners across Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and beyond to bridge the gap between the largely untapped resource of under-managed woodland and the desire for a greater use of renewable energies such as woodfuel.
The project will demonstrate that with the right skills, knowledge and technology, there are significant opportunities for woodland owners and businesses to increase the value of their woodland holdings by managing them for their woodfuel resource.
The project's benefits will extend not only to the rural economy but also to the sustainability of the region's energy supply and the quality and biodiversity of the landscape.
To see which areas are covered by the project, see the pale green areas of the Mersey Rural Leader boundary map.