The Mersey Forest was one of 19 winners this summer of The Guardian national newspaper's competition to sum up the importance of nature through photographs.
The above photo was taken by our regular photographers McCoy Wynne in Little Crosby in Merseyside, and chosen for showing nature as a place for fun and family, and how exploring green spaces improves our physical health and mental wellbeing.
It's well worth checking out the other fantastic shots in The Guardian's online gallery of the winning photos, which were also displayed at the 2011 World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.
We'd love to see any of your own photos of Merseyside and Cheshire's natural environment, especially woodlands or local wildlife. You can send them to email@example.com. With the consent of the photographer, the best ones may be used on the revamped Mersey Forest website due to be launched towards the end of this year, or as one of our popular desktop backgrounds for our supporters.