A big thank you to the thousands of people who have helped us plant trees in Merseyside and North Cheshire this winter and spring.
Over 6500 people took part in community tree-planting schemes funded by the Big Tree Plant and Woodland Trust between October 2012 and April 2013.
The schemes included free tree schemes, community orchards, street trees, and the renovation of residential communal land, church grounds, school grounds and sports grounds, in addition to a Jubilee Trees scheme in honour of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Everyone from school children to local residents mucked in to make their local areas greener, planting over 20,000 trees including fruit trees and hedgerow trees.
Paul Nolan, director of The Mersey Forest, said: "Thanks to the help we've been given by the local community and the funding from Big Tree Plant and Woodland Trust, we've been able to plant over 20,000 trees this winter and spring.
"This impressive figure, coupled with our other tree-planting schemes, brings us closer to achieving our long term goal of increasing tree cover in Merseyside and North Cheshire by 20%."
The Big Tree Plant is a Defra campaign to encourage people and communities to plant more trees in England's towns, cities and neighbourhoods. The Woodland Trust also contributed funding through their Morewoods Project.